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2 poems by B.Z. Niditch

How Prevert Changed My Life

Standing frozen
by a an outside stall
of a used bookstore
enjoying cool French,
a nomad of a kid
notices PAROLES
“Words” by Jacques Prevert
for fifty cents
putting my bus fare away
and with my new book
sit on a back bench
in the park
how could anything
in this world
compare with the way
this poet made out
in a language soaring
out of my hands
the sun came through
and I had a baguette
full of cheese,
what more do I ever regret
words, a roll, the river
nothing, but a fresh path
of ease.

Hearing the Sixties

Listening to Tom Rush
this week in reunion
I meet with a friend
in a New England coffee house
we remember singing
along with Joan Baez,
Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan
in the anti-war days
of the Sixties
writing our own songs,
we become like alchemy
in a jazzed up world
when scrawling
“No more violence”
on tall buildings
or preparing our readings
on city graffiti benches,
marching with Denise Levertov
for peace on Boston Common
huddled in happenings,
acting out in my plays
off Off-Broadway
wanting a pacifist subtext
as a young visionary
to live for a better time.

B.Z. NIDITCH is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and teacher.

His work is widely published in journals and magazines throughout the world, including: Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Art; The Literary Review; Denver Quarterly; Hawaii Review; Le Guepard (France); Kadmos (France); Prism International; Jejune (Czech Republic); Leopold Bloom (Budapest);  Antioch Review; and Prairie Schooner, among others.

He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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