Issue 33 – 2022 – Vincent Katz – Pulling Out

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Vincent Katz

Pulling Out



Next stop West Haven

We are pulling out in two minutes

We are leaving behind

We are going forward


Was something said?

What was imagined? What projected?

And then, the reality,

Always better, sharper,


Putting the day, the trees,

Into relief, providing relief

Ultimately, in a world

Of opportunities



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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