Sunday 5 May 2024

1 Poem by A. D. Winans


I see her two
three times a week
sitting on the balcony
when weather permits
here in old Italy town
in what is left of North Beach
her robe slightly parted
thumbing through the pages of a book
taking no notice of the people down below

I watch her stand yawn
legs like sturdy pillars that stretch
to reach the sky
into the boundaries of my mind

my eyes beg to read the pages
she turns with sensual fingers
wanting just one quick look
one intimate journey into the pages
into the space between the
parting of her robe
a journey to forbidden places
a flight back in time
to another place another world
high on a balcony where I too
Ignore the people coming
and going down below


A.D. Winans is an award-winning native San Francisco poet and writer. Awards include a PEN National Josephine Miles Award, A PEN Oakland Lifetime Achievement Award, the Pig Iron Press Kenneth Patchen Award, and the New York Kathy Acker Award in poetry and publishing. He is the author of numerous books. His work has appeared internationally and has been translated into several languages. He is the former editor and publisher of Second Coming whose archives are at Brown University. His latest book cityscapes: a quilt of poetry was published by Cold River Press.

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