Michael Bazzett

The Academic

A still day: trees
etched in glass

no longer breathing
as when the lake was

stirred to speak
every wave a snarling

white lip – he stands

on the shore slightly
tattered from those years

focused on what
can be known

instead of the forests
beyond that imaginary line.

Mr. Bazzett has the following to say about his poem: “I have always looked upon [“The Academic”] kindly — kind of like an ugly dog.  Often the poems that stay with me are the simple ones, where the image becomes the meaning, in a way that is somehow archetypal, beyond metaphor.  Maybe it springs from the perversion of trying to etch pictures on the brain using words.”

Michael Bazzett’s poems have appeared in West Branch, Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets, Green Mountains Review, DIAGRAM, and Guernica, among others, and his work was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. New poems are forthcoming in Carolina Quarterly, Pleiades, Smartish Pace and The Literary Review.  He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children.

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