Poem up at The Ekphrastic Review

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My poem “personifications” is posted along with the others selected for the challenge artwork “Salome” by Henri Regnault on The Ekphrastic Review today.

Regnault’s piece is well known but not typical of artists’ interpretations of the Biblical story (which has been altered in our consciousness by time and retelling also).  Most painters choose to show either the dance, perhaps accompanied by a disembodied head, or a close up of a woman with a head on a platter.  Here we have a woman, sitting, with a platter and a sword but no head.  Is it supposed to be empowerment?

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My collage, too, follows neither common narrative.  I knew I had a dark female figure in the collage box that I wanted to use, and in the search for her I pulled out other elements that seemed to fit with her and my poem.

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I always thought the story of Salome was just another example of humans refusing to take responsibility for their own actions and desires.  None of the behavior, certainly, merits imitation.  Blind obedience is just as bad as passing the buck (see: current world “leaders” and their followers…)

Once again, thanks to Review editor Lorette C. Luzajic for selecting my poem and supporting the call and response of poetry and art.  You can read all the poetry and see the original artwork here.

I also really like Redon’s Salome, below.

salome redon



midwinter s

this persistent grey
magnifies the compressed dark–
dawn heavy with dusk

squirrels search for buried treasure–
seeds in wait for light’s return

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For Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge #117.  I was going to do a completely different collage, but once I pulled out the handmade paper, I decided that stitching some together was what was needed.  I haven’t done any stitching for awhile, and it was good to get back to it.

The squirrels have been very busy lately.


answers to questions

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Jude, at Tales Told Different, nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award and asked all his nominees to answer 11 questions.  I thought to do a collage, but then I decided I needed to add a few words…well, the Collage Box Oracle will have her way.  Still, she managed to incorporate most of the questions into her answers.

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Here is my list of answers:
1/3 meat
West Side Story
blend in

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You can read the questions here.  And do look at Jude’s writing while you’re there!

somewhere dawn is singing–
she rises walking aquatic
through lochs and isles
inside the sounds of words

become a friend to fear

eat light

drink the dazzling day



sleepwalker s

vibrating wind–
harsh, unending,
bringing news of winter
under dusky grey,
a barrier
closing the sky

tree bones rattle
with last leaves–
night is everywhere,
with howling vision
the sanctity of sleep

retreat is impossible,
surrounded by chanting
and invisible hands–
the edge of a nightmare
on the threshold

ghostlike it journeys,
knocking on each door,
finding the cracks
in each soul,
sundering the barricades
of every defense

no prayer
or good luck charm
repels the chosen path
of this bleak revenant–
its faceless form
looms like a black tide

its cacophony rises,
too many voices calling
to distinguish the words–
what does it seek
from the fabric of the living,
now torn to shreds?

unweaving the center,
rearranging the remains–
songs of lamentation
shatter the circle,
extinguish all illusion
of rescue or escape

sleepwalker close up s

Jane Dougherty has posted 3 of her poetic responses to the Ekphrastic Review challenge that featured a painting of a town, “Noe Valley”, by Matthew Rackham Barnes.  I too found the image creepy (and I wonder if that was the artist’s intent–I actually think probably not).  My poem wasn’t chosen either, but I’ve done a collage inspired by the painting and here it is with the poem.

You can see Jane’s posts here, here, and here.

consulting the oracle

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I really like H Schlagen’s work, and seeing his painting “2 Alchemisten und die Orakel.” which he posted yesterday, inspired my collage and consultation today.  Is this not the why?

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Awaken broken stars—bring
sacred joy home with rhythms
sailing open vast voices
surrounded by wild fools born
of the secrets dancing holes
in morning and night—is this
magic?  Is this not the why?