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Further entries from John L. Stanizzi’s POND project

For more information about John’s POND project, and some additional poems from the series, please see these prior posts:
Three entries from John L. Stanizzi’s POND project
Four entries from John L. Stanizzi’s POND project

8.04 a.m.
25 degrees
Praises for the stillness of the pond, the hoarfrost, the sun that becomes
ourselves, reaching far enough over the pond that our shoulders
nestle in the tops of birches that come to us like white hands
dyed just under the calm surface of the water, guiding us toward spring.

7.28 a.m.
37 degrees
Pond-skater – just one — its four legs, thin as lashes, rest on the water,
oblong indentations on the pond, and three tiny water-spiders, small brown
nymphettes half the size of your pinkie-nail, chase each other over the algae as,
dashed by the wind, the pond shimmers, though here at my feet it is still.

9.56 a.m.
14 degrees

Pages torn from the spines of crooked books, the leaves’
original stories long since browned-out.
November bolted down the entire pond last night,
done, for now, with any kind of clarity that means open eyes, open mind.

John L.Stanizzi is author of the collections: Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, High Tide – Ebb Tide, Four Bits, Chants, and his brand new collection, Sundowning. Besides Praxis, John’s poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Life in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, Blue Mountain Review, Tar River, Potomac Review, Rattle, The Cortland Review and many others. His work has been translated into Italian and appeared in many journals in Italy. His translator is Angela D’Ambra. His nonfiction has been published in Stone Coast Review. John has read at venues all over New England, including the Mystic Arts Café, the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, Hartford Stage, and many others. For many years, John coordinated the Fresh Voices Poetry Competition for Young Poets at Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT. He is also a teaching artist for the national recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud. A former New England Poet of the Year, John teaches literature at Manchester Community College in Manchester,CT and he lives with his wife, Carol, in Coventry.

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