Issue 33 – 2022 – Vincent Katz – Press Hotel, Portland

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Vincent Katz

Press Hotel, Portland



To be brought to a place where

Word is prime is unexpected pleasure

Its continuousness others make

Continuous gesture


It is a low light that fronts

Brusque temps, light licking

Flapping flags, a lofted, landlocked,

Lighthouse, industrious blowers


The light keeps getting brighter

And the gold atop that steeple



Vincent Katz is a poet and translator. He is the author of the poetry collections Broadway for Paul (Alfred A. Knopf), Southness (Lunar Chandelier Press) and Swimming Home (Nightboat Books), as well as The Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius (Princeton). He has curated exhibitions on Black Mountain College and Rudy Burckhardt and recently co-curated a retrospective of the films of Isabelle Huppert at Film Forum in New York. In 2021, he collaborated with composer Sarah Sarhandi on an opera, While There’s Light, based on his translations of Propertius, that appeared at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival in London. Katz’s writing on contemporary art and poetry has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail and The Poetry Project Newsletter. He lives in New York City.

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