Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Circe weaves

Circe weaves
a time ruined face

grey parapets claim
the sighs
the unbelieving cant
that emergent she
breathing wisteria
now eases into misted
blithe, resting this night
in the tumbled psalm of
newborn soldier, dawn
shifts dream unto dream,
the old man longs for summer
lips, youth begs lie, she is all
willow wild, in the trenches,
in that garden, free to choose
the fantasies of the dim of
whispered life

--Constance Stadler has been writing, publishing, and editing poetry from the prehistoric epoch of print journals to modern e-times. As a political anthropologist specializing in North Africa and a violinist, her influences are multiform. Work in formative years with the late poet Gwendolyn Brooks was seminal, but no less so than Sufi Dervish dancers, and the challenges of mastering Bruch's first concerto. Her book Paper Cuts marked the debut of Calliope Nerve Media's literature arm. Her latest book with author Rich Follett is Responsorials.

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