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and other verses from late in life
by Sally Zakariya
Short and spare,
Zakariya’s poems often carry a sting at the end. Drawing her subjects
from the minutiae of daily life and the particularities of nature, she
uncovers in ordinary experience hidden meaning that is at once universal
and highly personal. A visit to the ophthalmologist prompts a meditation
on the limits of vision (“Eye Doctor”). The felling of a neighbor’s tree
(“Stump”), the imprint of autumn leaves on the pavement (“Leaving”), the
shadows of pines on a frozen lake (“Snow”)— these and other deceptively
simple poems become reflections on the cycle of life. But there is
nothing maudlin here: Zakariya’s is a mature voice that, while tinged
with melancholy, is leavened with a wry humor.
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