Here is a candle,
a flagged token of light
in the small hours
for a man who is
no longer with us,
who, for eight minutes and forty-six seconds,
desperately attempted to save his own life
through bated pleas and Mercy’s petition,
which, in the blindest seize
and theft of broad daylight
was violently denied,
and turned repeatedly over
to a long shadow
with too much black on its hands,
too much fear-based acid dripped from within,
and make no mistake, we the people,
upon this earth, sharing seasons and soul’s plights,
reap the corrosion and soiled bones,
whether we know it or not,
flyers to a raging pandemic of prejudice,
shame and debasement
that keeps us gagged
and bound to viruses of our own making,
and so, on this night,
a small measure of prayer-flung light
a warm hand to join the hands
of those in mourning
not only for the man
whose blood now holds
false badges in true judgment,
but for a collective crisis
that is long overdue
for dawn’s promise
of a brave new day.
In what has been an inspired harmonizing of words and art, and a storyscape richly carved out of light, shadows and dream-stuff, The Jackdaw and the Doll has been completed. This fable, penned by yours truly, and illustrated by pen-and-ink sorceress of worlds within worlds, Miss Izumi Yokoyama, has reached the end of one phase, in what we we hope will be a charmed and magical journey into the hearts of readers.
We now embark on our next phase: finding the the right publisher to help our Jackdaw take flight.
And away we go!
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I am honored to have two of my poems–“Anne Sexton” and “Sylvia Plath”–included in Issue #12 of the Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, which is now live.
From the Mission Statement, by editor Robin Shawver:
“This spring 2020, the world joins together now in a surreal landscape of pause.
Months before this moment, I took over as Editor of The Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art, and so begun my journey with this issue and with the poets and artists featured here.
In Issue 12, New Mexico poets and artists continue to be highlighted as well as poets currently living or from varying Unites States and countries around the world. “Grey Day,” the collage created by artist Johanna DeBiasse is the image that introduces the current issue.
The journal was begun eight years ago by Catherine Strisik and Veronica Golos in Taos, New Mexico, U.S., amid astounding horizontal beauty of mesas and the vertical allure of mountains. I will continue to hold that splendor close as I gaze on new mountains in the city of Qingdao, China where I currently live.”
(“Grey Day,” mixed media collage by Johanna DeBiase)
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The difference between
I am here
I was here
is delicately slight,
and not really a matter of tense
but rather one of plaited tenor
in which degrees,
separating our ghost from our dreams,
keeps us shivering warmly
between rippling sheets
and the audacious
memory of longing.
vying for merger,
the reigning glacial celibacy
and the marvelous frisson
of pure mortal throb—
Where you are not,
find your ghost’s
bluest breath of want
upon a mirrored caste