Patti Tana, American poet, is Professor of English at Nassau Community College (SUNY) and the Associate Editor of the Long Island Quarterly. In 2009 Patti was selected as Poet Of The Year by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association.



Patti Tana

suspended from
your animal form
arms and legs circling
bodies touching
then glancing away

the tease of your nearness
and parting excites me
and now I am striding
at ease with your bigness
my pleasure spreading
in widening spheres

and now we are moving
faster and faster
though still unhurried
knowing how far
we can ride

and now I am
urging you enter
the quickening center
everything in me
shaped to an O