Poetry: “Alexander at the Library” by Aaron Benedetti

Alexander at the Library

His hands are basins. They brim
as he handles books. The left one
turns a page. Today I read Russia
in his features—maybe Doctor
Zhivago. I consider asking why
he has never traveled. Or, I imagine
his eyes on me. When he rises, at last,
he draws one hand along the stack
while he walks, before he pauses
at the cavity he left.

Aaron Benedetti is pursuing an MA in sexual dissidence from the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. He received a BA in English and political science from the University of Nevada, Reno.