Tuesday, July 10, 2018



The God Of Small Miracles

walk with your eyes wide open
to the miracles of the world
and behold
how inconspicuous caterpillars
metamorphose into bright butterflies
how clay turns into exquisite vessels
in potters' diligent hands and wheels
while maple wood is polished to tune
in intricate bodies of sweet violins
how infants grow and evolve
into strong, graceful lassies
and caring, brave-hearted men
watch and perceive
that the god of small miracles
has chosen to live
around and inside us all


we are trapped
in shells

bones, blood, flesh
nerves, neurons, synapses
steel, lint, silk
nets spanned around us
by random fingers

but when we burst free
we stretch out our arms
to feed
the creatures of the world
and grow
into earthworms, birds, wolves
stars, saints, sermons

in implacable cycles
of an endless renewal

Look Prints

I took the walk
that you used to
sat on the same bench
searched for look prints
on the facade
across the alley
filtered the silence
for messages

a squirrel trod over
and waited...
maybe you had fed it
on crumbs and nuts
there were things
we hadn't known
about each other
words unspoken
sounds peeling off
like moth wings
from ragged silk

it was an early
January day
foggy with visions
of the past
and with the promise
of a late inception


Dr. APRILIA ZANK received her PhD degree in Literature and Psycholinguistics for her thesis THE WORD IN THE WORD Literary Text Reception and Linguistic Relativity, at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, where she started her academic career as a lecturer for Creative Writing and Translation Theory. The research for her PhD thesis was done in collaboration with six universities from Europe, and during her stay as a visiting lecturer at Alberta University of Edmonton, Canada. She is also a poet, a translator and the editor of two anthologies: the English – German anthology poetry tREnD Eine englisch - deutsche Anthologie zeitgenössischer Lyrik (LIT Verlag, Berlin), and the anthology POETS IN PERSON at the Glassblower (Indigo Dreams Publishing, U.K.). She writes verse in English and German, and was awarded a distinction at the “Vera Piller” Poetry Contest in Zurich. Her poetry collection, TERMINUS ARCADIA, was 2nd Place Winner at the Twowolvz Press Poetry Chapbook Contest 2013. Her poetry has been widely published in anthologies and periodicals in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, India, the USA, Canada, Argentina, South-Africa and New Zealand. Her own volume of poetry BAREFOOT TO ARCADIA is due to come out soon. She translates from and into German, English, French and Romanian in collaborative projects with various poets and artists from all over the world. Thus, she organised the W-ORTE Literary Festival 2010 in Munich, the literary meetings POETS IN PERSON in London in 2012 and 2014, the event IMAGINE THE BEATS in Munich in 2015 and more. Aprilia is also a passionate photographer and organiser of photography exhibitions: several of her images are prize winners and have been selected for poetry book covers.

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