ISSUE 11
May 2000

Lloyd Schwartz

 

Lloyd Schwartz Lloyd Schwartz is a regular commentator on NPR's Fresh Air. His most recent book of poems is Goodnight, Gracie (Chicago, 1992). His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry and many others. In 1994, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Currently, he is co-director of the Creative Writing Program at University of Massachusetes/Boston, and Classical Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix.
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He dreams he's shooting himself in the eye his left eye the barrel right up against the eye he wants to blast open his eye his eyes shut tight stuck can't get them to open the dark (how dark?) so dark he can't he can't breathe the steel cold against his eyelid he angles it angles it up under his eyelid wedging it wedging it up under his heart pounding under his eyelids one bullet could tear apart the barrel heavy against his trembling finger squeezing the trigger his heart pounding the dark so dark he's he's his heart pounding his suffocating his trembling finger squeezing the trigger till he almost hears the shot that opens that blasts open his eye his eyes 

 

 

Lloyd Schwartz: Poetry
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