Spring 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 2009 |

Outside Santa Maria in Trastevere

You tell your parents we are getting on.   Like one's reflection around a missing pane,     bells do two-thirds of a resolving chord.   Vendors lift their wares in linens—think of Cleopatra in her rug—as police   pace lazily up one end of the alley.     Let us not be reduced to history.   Bruno fired near here; near, the Jewish ghetto where many survived, comparatively.   Just: cappuccino's gentle bitterness.     How the foam's holes widen, evidential   as Caesar's dagger-starred tunic: here is where one entered …            We better wrap this up,   you say. I better let you go. Vendors     hawk cupid crotch lighters, mechanical bees   past the café rail. Is God obsolete, a stopped tour guide asks her parasol.   I hear: up the sleeve, like the sudden World     or Fool a fortune teller scratches out   existence with. Along these lines: strange grace of bells that ring with

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Zach Savich
Zach Savich's most recent books are the poetry collection Daybed (Black Ocean, 2018) and the memoir Diving Makes the Water Deep (Rescue Press, 2018). He teaches at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia.

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