Staring at a Mirror’s Back by Thomas Zimmerman

You’re using “you” in poems these days, the dreaded
second person. So, you’ve found no way
inside yourself—it’s just like staring at
a mirror’s back—and “you” might blast a path?
Each new day, you re-enact a dimly
lit creation myth. Ten thousand iterations
ought to do the trick: from chaos, to
an ever-morphing set of forms, to entropy.
The tragedies you love—Macbeth and Lear
and Oedipus—have given you a glimpse
of this, a life’s small arc refined to art.
Last night, the burgers sizzling on the grill,
you sat cross-legged, oracular, and drank
a beer. The revelation: shadows, smoke.
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About the Poet:

Thomas Zimmerman teaches English, directs the Writing Center, and edits The Big Windows Review at Washtenaw Community College, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His poems have appeared recently in Black Coffee ReviewEphemeral Elegies, and Molecule. Tom’s website:

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