Issue No. 14, Autumn 2015

Sloth
(After paying two dollars to pose
for a picture with an old man in
Costa Rica, cuddling his pet sloth.)

First a paradox:
The yellowed saber claws
and oddly comical snout and face.
.
Then the eyes:
almond glass in milk
the slow, crystal blink and gaze
almost comatose with awe
as if she can’t believe the saturated hues
sunlit depths and marvelous shapes
her sight has found.

Silver daughter of a distant forest
she is clutching, dozing, dreaming,
of a light above the canopies.


Ray DiZazzo has published poetry and criticism in commercial and literary magazines, newspapers and books. Some of those publications include: Poetry Now, The Berkeley Poetry Review, Westways, Beyond Baroque, East River Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Road Apple Review, Invisible City, California Quarterly and others. He is the recipient of the Percival Roberts Book Award and the Rhysling Award. He is also a Pushcart Prize nominee. His work has been anthologized in The Alchemy of Stars, Burning with a Vision and Contemporary Literary Criticism. In addition, he has published three books of poetry: Clovin’s Head, Red Hill Press, 1976; Songs for a Summer Fly, Kenmore Press, 1978; and The Water Bulls, Granite-Collen, 2009.