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FURTHER READING
Poems by Rachel Zucker
After Baby After Baby
Hey Allen Ginsberg Where Have You Gone and What Would You Think of My Drugs?
I'd Like a Little Flashlight
Letter [Persephone to Demeter]
Poem
Essays by Rachel Zucker
An Anatomy of the Long Poem
Confessionalography: A GNAT (Grossly Non-Academic Talk) on "I" in Poetry
The Self in Poetry: A GNAT (Grossly Non-Academic Talk) with a Weaving Metaphor
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Diary [Surface]

 
by Rachel Zucker

Spring is not so very promising as it is the thing
that looking back was fire, promising:
ignition, aspiration; it was not under my thumb.

Now when I pretend a future it is the moment
he holds the thing I say new-born,
delicate, sure to begin moving but

I am burned out of it like the melody underneath
(still not under my thumb)--
was he ambiguous, amphibian?

Underneath, his voice, the many ways
he gathers oxygen; it will not stop raining
until the buds push through the brittle trees.

If they fail we will not survive,
washed and washed with rain, will we?
No,we are not there yet.

She is pushing me two ways until
I am inside the paradox, the many lungs,
and they're at it again, gathering oxygen;

no wonder I am wrung out
holding out for the promise of
something secret, after--






From Eating in the Underworld by Rachel Zucker. Copyright © 2003 by Rachel Zucker. Reproduced by permission of Wesleyan University Press. All rights reserved.
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