Creation in Two Acts

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Creation in Two Acts

Creation in Two Acts

For our last poem, we have chosen one that goes back to the beginning, to creation, by a poet whose name highlights the end of the alphabet, Zena Zipporah.

"Creation in Two Acts" by Zena Zipporah

Do what God did with the orange
He made it round and full of lumps
Inside sweet and juicy
Outside rough and bitter
Orange like the sun
Last he put in seeds
And when he was finished with that
He made a pear.

"Creation in Two Acts" by Zena Zipporah, from Voices of Cleveland: A Bicentennial Anthology of Poems by Contemporary Cleveland Poets, Ed. Leonard Trawick. Cleveland State University Poetry Center 1996.  Used with permission of the author.

Zena Zipporah is both visual artist and poet or, as she puts it, “a visual artist who likes to work with words.” An Ohio Arts Council Residency Artist, she is currently a fellow at Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cleveland. Visit her website