Issue 33 – 2022 – Vincent Katz – Today’s Returns

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Vincent Katz

Today’s Returns


I want to take this street
The light bursts into applause

A prayer above Beekman Street
Odd little place, the light above 

Alive, clinging, a prayer 
To the hope all is not dead

Permanently in the desire 
To fluctuate, as returns, or

What they mean, do


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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