• History

    Michael Bazzett

    Summer 2020

            after Jameson Fitzpatrick

    The vinegar tang of a glass of wine
    left out on the counter overnight, the hint
    of cumin on your fingertips, dried lavender.
    All this is the smell of you in summer,
    and now it is history. I woke alone

    and slid my legs into the twin flannel
    tunnels of my sweats, and it was history.
    I walked down to the 7-Eleven
    for a Big Gulp in lieu of coffee
    and this ill-considered choice

    was history.

    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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