Suzanne Zweizig

Lives Like Otters, Seen by Angels

Volume 16:1, Winter 2015
The Sonnet Issue

Lives Like Otters, Seen by Angels

The Sky:          Original and apt desire.
Light blue, unapparent to the eye.

The Lives:       Shambling creatures,
A little reminiscent of otters.
They pad about, swap tidbits
Of food and fisticuffs

The Angels:    On great banks of wings from velvet seats
In the heavenly VIP box, they sigh
And stretch, taking in storefronts, bombed
Berlin, lost galoshes, and the long curving
Inquisitive words the lives are sometimes seen
To utter, turning their muzzles to the sky
Whiskers joggling, mouths flapping:
A formidable love, or something to watch.

 

Suzanne Zweizig's poetry has appeared in 32 Poems, Barn Owl Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Subtropics, and RHINO. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and was a semi-finalist for The Nation/Discovery prize in 2003. Zweizig holds a PhD in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an MFA in poetry from the University of Florida. After seven years living in Europe and the Middle East, she currently lives in Washington, DC and serves as the Translation Editor for Poet Lore magazine.