Hila Ratzabi was selected by Adrienne Rich as a recipient of a National Writers Union Poetry Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the author of the chapbook The Apparatus of Visible Things. Her poetry is published in Narrative, Alaska Quarterly Review, Drunken Boat, Linebreak, The Nervous Breakdown, Leveler, and other literary journals, and in the anthologies Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. She is the former editor-in-chief and poetry editor of Storyscape. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and lives outside Philadelphia.

Hila Ratzabi

But now the stark dignity of entrance

Lumberyard in the forest Trees/post-trees Numbered trunks A worker waves hi The river is gladness It's spring the birds are freaking out The snow is giving up The river doesn't have to think much It just wishes wishes wishes I follow the dog prints in the snow I let my guard down then up The animal peers out of my throat Then a field Then you're in it A raven pecking at snow Then a crack forms in the center of the field A whale bursts out of the ground and disappears in the sky A white truck drives through the mud

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