Thursday, April 06, 2017

The Reinventions of April

Two Girls Reading, 1934
—Paintings by Pablo Picasso
—Poems by B.Z. Niditch, Brookline, MA


Another interval
of music draws me out

another color by the river
informs the crocus flower

another eye shadow
hesitates each hour

to the crow fields
on April Fool's Day

yet delivers snow
yielding to us

in this powerful

 Three Dancers, 1925


Estuary for shore birds
as a spring sanctuary

like a cave from the wind
in a shadow of a sunlit nest

is the silence
of a resting place

to save the singing flights
from a journey

in a migratory
of sandpiper wings.

 The Dream, 1932


Birds in shadows
of the ranch wall

where we once played
kick ball

today songsters stir on branches
assured of their quick melody

interwoven by the maple tree
as youngsters in perpetuity

are wrapped in the sunlight,
watch faithful doves sway.

 The Mirror, 1932


In early April
a glimmering morning

the birds rest
outside your dacha

The ice is gone
from the pond

even the horses are ready
to ride

it is a time to contemplate
and write your memoir.

 Portrait of Françoise, 1946


The snow is dust
under Turgenev's feet

Writing his story
with glances at the words

through the ardent clouds
that hide him as he lives

yet knowing there is a scent
of spring to greet him in the air.

 Crouching Beggar, 1902


If you must move
to the moon for light

watching vibrating
stars atop the weather vane

think of those
who spill our grain

who fill their baskets again
for your omelet without regret.

 Head of a Woman, Reading


Remembering you
in the snow of snows

free of the whip
of censorship and tyranny

Ghosts still haunt
the ship of stars, Yevgeny

thinking because of you
and the agony of Babi Yar.

 War and Peace, 1948

Today’s LittleNip:

—B.Z. Niditch

By constant reinvention
of installation art

from arrangement
in stone

with new images
to retain

from parts
of flesh and bone.


—Medusa, with thanks to B.Z. Niditch for his poetry and inspiration today!

Celebrate Poetry! Tonight, featured readers and open mic 
take place at Luna’s Cafe, 1414 16th St., Sac., 8pm. 
And Gillian Wegener and Julia Levine read at 
John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, 521 1st St., Davis, 8pm. 

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