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Ira Beryl Brukner

Ira Beryl Brukner was born in 1948 in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Brukner has taught at Middlebury College, Castleton State College, Community College of Vermont, and Tompkins Cortland Community College. For many years, Mr. Brukner was a poet-in-the-schools in New York and Vermont. As a performance-poet, Mr. Brukner has presented his work with jazz musicians Don Cherry, Joel Forrester, and Billy Bang in New York and Amsterdam. Ira Beryl Brukner has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Vermont Council for the Arts, and Jerome Foundation. A member of PEN-American Center and PEN-Nederland, Mr. Brukner currently lives in Ithaca, New York.




    speeding and stopping like

    horizontal exclamation points

    disguised as squirrels

    across green grass

    below the hollow

    listening to my heart

    kite tail gaggles of geese

    blowing through the white

    a high-flying kiwi

    is playing the piano

    I forget my slow foot

    and jump up on the table

    trumpet charms

    a sitting woman

    she shimmies up quick

    on strong legs

    drummer drifts

    bass is on the phone

    a light rain falling

    we walk-skip home

    dancing upside-down

    lightning free

    dancing inside-out

    touch me

    calla lily

    near the straw hat

    of a gardener

    brush of air

    through the trees

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