1vassilis_zambaras_full1VASSILIS ZAMBARAS was born in Greece. He returned there after 25 years in the USA; recently retired from teaching ESL at the language school he founded in 1977 in Meligalas. Three small books of poetry: Sentences (Querencia, 1976), Aural (Singing Horse, 1984) and In Credible Evidence, a foldout booklet of poems (Longhouse, 2010). Poems in the anthology How the Net Is Gripped: A Selection of Contemporary American Poetry (Stride, UK, 1992) and Visiting Dr. Williams: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of William Carlos Williams, (U of Iowa Press, 2011). Published in Poetry Salzburg Review, The London Magazine, First Intensity, Arabesques Review, Shearsman, Poetry Northwest, The Salt River Review, etc.

Hopeless Romantic Aspirant

It appears
I have no worldly ambitions
In the least, at least that’s what
My discerning, highly
Esteemed colleagues mostly
Accuse me of, and I suspect
They are right—after all,
All I’ve ever wanted is
To make myself comfortable
Before a blank piece of paper
And make believe
It’s my whole world.

Lemons Are a Dime a Dozen

Lacking a flashy brand-
New first line to start
Their vehicles, most
Poets traffic in selling you

On the merits of waiting
For a killer last, killing
Time in the meanwhile
By knocking off lots,

Lots of lackluster gimcrack,
Secondhand cars.

Reverse Arrested Development

Why is it

My three-year-old
Granddaughter can
Entertain herself

For hours on end
With nothing save her
Imagination when

I try musing with that idea
I end up with nothing
But a dead end.




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