Lois Roma Deeley

Rookie (Amityville, New York)

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Lois Roma-Deeley was born in Amityville, New York (Long Island) into an Italian-American family. Currently she lives in Phoenix, Arizona.Her ethnicity, working class background as well as her strong identification with 'place' influences her work. However, she is considered, primarily, a 21st century metaphysical poet. Critics have called her work 'brilliant, ' 'beautiful' 'tough and ... more »

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Any Other Place But Here, Any Other Time But Now

We're staying at the guest house. The day,
opening on a stretch of sand,
waves us over like the hand of someone we love.
Our shoes, piled on a heap on the porch,
become temporary nests for seagulls
who seem untroubled after having caught
the last afternoon shadow. You have been

talking about how things used to be; about
the time you walked away from me, thinking
is it possible not to see
what never happened?

Now I know you need to be shown: the beach
those birds, this day
I leave you in a poem.

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