Eight Miles • B.Z. Niditch

In a route
slavish with driving
when distant
lights flash
on musicians
with sax and drum
rosy politicians
with speeches
for city hall
an actor
in heightened shoes
adjusts a flamboyant wig,
a teenage country bride
with a child emerging
at the doors
even an assasin
mouthing forgotten
causes and prayers
of revenge
at the crash of night.


B.Z. Niditch is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and teacher. His work is widely published in journals and magazines throughout the world, including: Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Art; The Literary Review; Denver Quarterly; Hawaii Review; Le Guepard (France); Kadmos (France); Prism International; Jejune (Czech Republic); Leopold Bloom (Budapest); Antioch Review; and Prairie Schooner, among others. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.