“The City” by Mazzy Sleep

Mazzy Sleep (age 9)


Long nights, rivers of streaming
Neon darknesses within
The urban grain of voices;
Each footstep another inch into
The forgetful dawn to come,
And the night remembers when
It had just begun.

from 2022 Rattle Young Poets Anthology


Why do you like to write poetry?

Mazzy Sleep:


“If not there would / only
Be the image of it / in my head
A lampshade / is there
A pattern, I can see it / the
Animals, the / wait
To be defined / the wait
For the lamp / to be turned on and
So the patterns / dance across the darkness
Each ear each flick / a word
For breath / that really breathes
Otherwise / there is no breath.”

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