Sanford Fraser

 

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Photo : Bob Cooley

 

 

Music

 

Above the subway track                                                                      

of scraping brakes

and soda cans snapped flat

 

a full voice sings

Somewhere there’s music

a washtub bass thumping along    

                                                                             

like a great heart

behind the steel ribs

and rushing din

 

of Union Square Station

the loud train

coming in.

 

 

apple

 

small word

on paper

juiceless

 

thin

with no  core

or peeling skin

 

apple

sound

on my brain

 

loose

hang-

ing

 

thought

tougher

than wind,

 

you

never

fall

 

a

red

ripe

 

pul-

py

bliss-

 

ful

October

thing.

 

 

My wall

 

My wall is always there

invisible and in front of me

 

I feel safe behind it

protected

 

and of course

locked up.

 

You’re somewhere outside

behind your own wall.

 

Often, our walls stand together

and talk at each other

 

their words bouncing

back & forth

 

not saying much

just having a nice time.

 

 

Beyond The Breakers

 

Not much on the news

“only 3 dead, 5 wounded”

 

another hot day, the grass dying

everyone at the beach.

 

I wade in the cold water

bubbles bursting around my ankles.

 

Beyond the breakers

a soccer ball floats out to sea.

 

Nearby, a young child sobs

a man, probably his father, curses

 

the tide retreating

seagulls, like pilots, diving for a kill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sanford Fraser was born in Boston in 1932 and began writing poetry at the age of fifty in New York City where he now lives. He has a been a student of painting in Paris and a social worker in New York. He has an A.B. degree in literature from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. degree in art education from New York University.

His book of poems, "Tourist", was published by New York Quarterly Books in 2009, and his bilingual book of poems, “Among Strangers I’ve Known All My Life”/ “Parmi les étrangers que j’ai connus toute  ma vie", was published by Tarabuste Editions in France in 2007. His chapbook,"14th Street", appears in "The New School Chapbook Series of 1995". Numerous magazines here and in France have published his poems.

www.sanfordfraser.com

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