• Don't Leave a Good Time Looking for a Good Time

    Michael Bazzett

    Winter 2024

    is advice I received from a colleague
    with an incongruous ponytail
    who once gave his students a test
    with only one problem: Define Mathematics.
    He looked wistful as he relayed
    their consternation and befuddlement
    over a bowl of forlorn noodles
    in the school cafeteria. When asked
    how he’d respond, he shrugged
    and said, “The search for patterns.”
    “That’s nice,” I said, then repeated
    the phrase, “The search for patterns.”

    Michael Bazzett’s fourth collection of poems, The Echo Chamber, was published by Milkweed Editions in 2021. His work has appeared in The Sun, the American Poetry Review, the Iowa Review, Threepenny Review, and Ploughshares, and his verse translation of the Mayan creation epic, The Popol Vuh (Milkweed 2018), was longlisted for the National Translation Award as well as named one of 2018’s ten best books of poetry by the New York Times.

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