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“Hoyt Lake” by Joe Todaro

We dream each other into being:
a universe as master for the mindless
and solace for the present,
and a self of contradictions
on a respite afternoon.

The grass is sweet this side of autumn,
this luxuriant green sea amid
the glisten of elms.

My town nods greetings from the on-facing path,
hovers in counsel at times like these
when I wander to water’s edge,
contemplate the drift and witness the sky.

About the Poet

Joe Todaro was born and raised in North Buffalo, moved to the West Coast and lived in San Francisco for four years, and returned to Buffalo to live in the Elmwood Village. With poet Celia White, he was co-producer of the Urban Epiphany poetry marathons of early 2000s, and also served as producer of the Classics on Elmwood recital series between 1998 and 2012. Todaro is a member of three poetry writing groups, including Startled Doves, and LitGarden Writers, and is a contributor to the group’s two anthologies, “Just Twelve More Poems” (2019), and the newly-published “Tilting Toward the Moon” (2023).

Related Events

Todaro will join SUNY Brockport-based poet Ralph Black in a CFI Literary Café Series reading at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3rd, at the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst, New York.