Jennie Neighbors

 

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.

 

 

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