• Reception for the Art of Jerry Fishman
    June 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at SPC — 1719 25th Street
  • Real Poets
    Sacramento Poetry Center's Real Poets program pairs trained poet mentors with at-risk youth to write original poems about their lives.
  • MATTHEW ZAPRUDER reads SCHWINN

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Albert Garcia

Raspberries

He plops them in the green mesh basket,

knowing they are through

feeding each other, knowing he can pull

until the vine rips but only ripe

berries will give with a gentle tug

releasing themselves to the faint

pressure of his skin.

 

Picking in morning-cool sun,

he thinks of placing them

on her tongue,

between her lips of nearly the same

color.  So delicate the movement,

from afar one might assume

he is soothing some small wound.

 

Creeks

 

Walk in and feel the stones,

round and slimed with moss,

in the arches of your feet.  Feel the warm

 

water of the shallows, tadpoles darting off

fingerling bluegill

easing into shadows.  You’re six.  Your mother

 

brought you to this summer creek

to swim, to learn the pleasure

of getting cool in the sultry heat

 

of this valley.  How could you see

across the levee, on the other side

of the world, men slogged up another creek

 

in a place called the Mekong Delta,

packs slung over their backs, rifles

raised above their helmets?  How could you know

 

why they were there

or if they knew?  You’d learn later

many never made it

 

and many returned haunted

by the water.  Here you were, a kid

whose skinny legs poked down

 

like an egret’s, caught up in a world of water striders,

those creatures that stay afloat

by surface tension,

 

and the pollywogs using their wide tails

and undeveloped legs

to push their fleshy bodies to safety.

 

Jeff Knorr

At the Schoolyard

 

The sun is on my back as it burns down in the sky.

The day is closing out like drawn curtains.

I’m wishing you were here now, with us, the dog and me

tossing the bumper into the green carpet of grass in the schoolyard field.

It’s not like the fields where we chase birds, flushing roosters,

but right now the dog and I want you

right here, your musky smell and smile, the firm

hands that swing the bead always on target

against the rooster veering away toward the slope of the draw.

There’s just too much cement around you now and

not enough tall grass, sunlight, and wind.

But when you’re here with us next, we’ll

chase the roosters like girls, whistle to the dog

to hold and flush, and finish the day in the dusk

on the tailgate, the way we always have;

you giving me lessons on how to shoot

and me burning the sunset and your face into my eyelids

like the glowing end of your cigarette against the dark.

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