Issue 33 – 2022 – Vincent Katz – Sidereal Time

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Vincent Katz

Sidereal Time



October blesses, rain
All day and sun the next
A soaking interminable
Having to deal with
Checks see Mars

Pigeons circling in light
Group of thirty or so
Perfect blue of you
Sky this light day in park 
People random in jazz

Friend and others move
Wait for friend’s new book
Masks and bags sweetness
Argue for nothing belligerent
Mildness changing decades 

Roof looking up see
That light predicted
Building edge decoration
Ethereal body moving
Stability in urban flow


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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