Jan Zlotnik Schmidt

Not all white

Response to Agnes Martin's White Paintings

like the white blue tint of moonlight
on frozen lakes at night

or a fog dimmed world   shadows
of woods and fields at night

or the static of an almost
empty house at night

narcissus and paper whites
unfolding like epiphanies at night

or an old woman’s veined
white wrist at night

blue lines on unsullied paper
The peal of an emptied mind at night.


Jan Zlotnik Schmidt is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of English at SUNY New Paltz where she teaches composition, creative writing, American and Women’s Literature, creative nonfiction, memoir, and Holocaust literature courses.  Her work has been published in many journals including The Cream City Review, Kansas Quarterly, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Home Planet News,  Phoebe,  Black Buzzard Review, The Chiron Review, and Wind.  Her work also has been nominated for the Pushcart Press Prize Series.  She has had two volumes of poetry published by the Edwin Mellen Press (We Speak in Tongues, 1991; She had this memory, 2000).  One chapbook, The Earth Was Still, was recently published by Finishing Line Press and another Hieroglyphs of Father-Daughter Time by Word Temple Press.