Dailies 5/17/17: an Incident at the Mother’s, a woman lovely in her bones, behind the door that would not lock, & a poem based on a Marsden Hartley painting




Sharon Dolin – Evening Storm

I want to paint the livingness of appearances.
—Marsden Hartley

What of these evening storms
where foam becomes rock—wave
becomes cove. Inside the billow as
you always dreamed it would be

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Julie Brooks Barbour – Behind the Door that Will Not Lock 

You fill an abandoned house with pine trees. Needles spill from broken windows.

I met a man at a house without a locking door where he grieves over his deceased sister.  We locate her spirit in a doll whose eyes blink while its body rests.

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Jason Sommer – Incident at the Mother’s


It would have been the last thing his mother said
to him, to him and Em, that miserable
visit, early in their marriage,
the final cutting thing
on their way out to the car,
standing before it—

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Theodore Roethke – I Knew a Woman

I knew a woman, lovely in her bones,
When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;

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