The Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

The Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Thomas Zimmerman

plays Shostakovich 8. I drink the dark
and crank the sound.
                                       Conductor’s brilliant, yanked
from the quotidian as if his bark
were battered by a storm,
                                                the ocean banked
and seething, every hand on deck one
If only I could stay so wired in
my Shakespeare rants at work,
                                                        my passion blind
but honed as Hamlet’s, splicing prayer and
I swim and breathe in essences this rare
if you are here.
                            You’re gone. I’m terrified
to doubt that the sublime is everywhere,
a heaven right beneath our feet,
                                                           a wide
and sparkling sky to guide you back,
                                                                 lone crow
that roves, that bears a song I darkly know.

Thomas Zimmerman teaches English, directs the Writing Center, and edits two literary magazines at Washtenaw Community College, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His chapbook In Stereo: Thirteen Sonnets and Some Fire Music appeared from The Camel Saloon Books on Blog in 2012. Tom’s website:

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