William Allegrezza


A me medesimo incresce andarmi tanto tra tante miserie ravolgendo
—Giovanni Boccaccio

I have grown weary of listening to the news
from my couch,
weary of watching my children
run circles waiting to hear if we can open the doors.
Our routine
has so shifted that we turn to
novels for answers as essays fail.
Yes, we’ve imagined this space before
with violence, shortages, names, and high water,
but we didn’t know we would be sheltering
together with no answers as to how long
we must remain with fear. We did not imagine
the broken head loudly leading us into silence,
into borders and jobs closed.
Still, even as I grow irritable,
I see the beauty that surrounds me—
one child dances with her mother,
another sits to pen a play,
and I know that there is no
where else I would rather shelter through
this change, one that will rewrite
so many of our stories, than here
in place once again with loved ones.

WILLIAM ALLEGREZZA edits the press Moria Poetry and teaches at Indiana University Northwest. He has previously published many poetry books, such as Stone & Type, Cedar, Step Below: Selected Poems 2000-2015, Ladders in July, Fragile Replacements, Aquinas and the Mississippi (with Garin Cycholl), and Densities, Apparitions; three anthologies, including The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century and La Alteración del Silencio: Poesía Norteamericana Reciente; seven chapbooks, including Sonoluminescence and Filament Sense; and many poetry reviews, translations, articles, and poems. He founded and curated series A, a reading series in Chicago, from 2006-2010.
Other works
A Wicked World in All Meridians
Assented to Shelter
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