Night Poem

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Leila Chatti


The wind gossips,
though most everything stays
sleeping, the stars in the black pouch
of heaven, stones, the unexceptional
foliage, poor wind
with so much to say
and no one to say it to.

Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and author of Deluge (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), longlisted for the 2021 PEN Open Book Award. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Cleveland State University, and the NEA. She is the Mendota Lecturer in Poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.