Jessica Jacobs – In the Patio IV
Georgia O’Keeffe [Abiquiu House Courtyard; 1950]
Carried inside me
long as I can remember,
a child’s drawing of a door:
The only time I ever hitchhiked,
my thumb attracted the driver
of a sixteen wheeler.
He said he needed
company to stay awake,
been on the road for eighteen hours,
hauling a huge caterpillar
on the back of his rig.
Jehanne Dubrow – Syllabus for the Dark Ahead
Throughout this course,
we’ll study the American
landscape of our yard, coiled line
A word peeked sometimes from the cave mouth
only to shuffle back, swallowed, sky-shy,
lost in his memory’s russet Lascaux.
The great-granddaughter we set on his lap