from CANTO I
BY THE VIRTUE OF STUBBORN LIFE

“How can we show, without betraying them, the simple things sketched between the
twilight and the sky? By the virtue of stubborn life, in the circle of artist time, between
death and beauty.” --René Char

 

 

 

Of Its Own Accord

 

                     and this
crazy azalea bursts
into flame:

 

how the past perishes
how the future becomes

 

 

 

The Problem of Freedom

 

      present in the trees’
rings, and the leaves fall

                              between
the traces

 

 

 

sung by
                 Mnemosthyne, washed
                                                             by Lethe

 

the question           
we formulate on its
behalf
                                                the past perishes

 

 

 

The Problem of Freedom    

 

present in the trees’
                                  rings, the leaves fall
-ing, each day

 

                              (affection

answers to the question



 

The Problem of Freedom

 

leaves fall
each day
differs             from itself

every moment:

 

(affection: polysemy
without mask, this

corresponding

 

 


Of Its Own Accord

 

late September and this
                                    bursts

under the falling leaves

 




Song of Secret Hymns

 

“we follow this road because where we were became impossible”              

bone, top, ball, tambourine, apples, mirror, fan and fleece, compass and square: a ligament, a
bond or tie: trenches, furrows, gaps between fences, paths into forests, crossroads, the place
between high and low tide,

      “once upon a time,”
                                    “it was and was not so...”

the eidos of
                determinate space, the face
                                                          of the outside

 

Legba, Oedipus, werewolves, witches...

 


Jennie Neighbors first book, Between the Twilight and the Sky, will be published by Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press in 2008.