a hummingbird is bleeding
in a brothel of dead lilac
where the undergrowth meets the withered garage
and derelict Honda steeps in want of greased intention
broiling in the calendar sun.
flailing in the epigone of shade
ululating our losses
eking meaning from a yellowed moment
a fragrant diadem.
--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.