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Ira Sadoff: Emendation

I don’t have to go back
To my childhood, there’s nothing there
I still want; but of miracles
Left to me, I’d like to restore a look
I once wore and release it in the air.
That year I found painting and hiking,
I read all night long, struggling
With my place in the universe. Climbing 
Rock by rock to the Knife Edge
And taking in the aged panorama.
I fell in love almost daily: everyone
Was enthralling if you truly looked at them.
Each had a mother, a few had lost
Their fathers early. They too heard shouts
In their houses. How dear they are,
Even if amour’s hammered out of them.
Those faces: rugged and turgid
As they’ve become, if they’ve endured,
A boy or girl inside still calls,
Come back, come back and save us.

“Emendation by Ira Sadoff” read by Michael Simms

Copyright 2020 Ira Sadoff. From Country, Living by Ira Sadoff (Alice James Books, 2020).

Ira Sadoff was born in 1945 in Brooklyn, New York. He has taught at colleges and universities including the University of Virginia, the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and the M.F.A. program at Warren Wilson College. He is currently the Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of Literature at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He is the author of nine volumes of poetry.

Ira Sadoff

3 comments on “Ira Sadoff: Emendation

  1. Karen Sobel Cappadona
    August 15, 2020

    Ira your words are my thoughts. How I envy you for your ability to put on paper so beautifully. Thank you

    Liked by 1 person

  2. loranneke
    August 15, 2020

    I love the seamless quality of Ira Sadof’s poems. They all seem to have been written in one breath, one deep, uninterrupted emotional impulse. And I “hear” them in my head as if those lines were speaking directly to me, as part of a larger conversation.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Beth Peyton
    August 15, 2020

    He nailed it with this beautiful poem. So true and simple and profound.

    Liked by 1 person

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