Aria for Arborio – Mark Fleisher

The risoto does not sing,
she complained; put batteries
in your hearing aids, be still,
then listen, he replied

Previously published in Moments of Time (Mercury HeartLink 2014).

Mark Fleisher has published three books of poetry (with prose and photographs
included) and collaborated on a fourth. His work has appeared in numerous online and
print publications in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Kenya, Nigeria,
South Africa, and India. He received a journalism degree from Ohio University and
held reporting and editing positions in newspapers in New York and Washington, D.C.
Fleisher’s service in the United States Air Force included a year in Vietnam where he
was awarded a Bronze Star. He currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.