Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Books (so happily) received:
Ivy Alvarez's Mortal (Red Morning Press, 2006), from which I offer the following gorgeous work (Demeter poems are a favorite of mine, as reader
and as writer) :
Demeter sleeps and waits in the dank earth
as root tendrils tighten knots in her hair.
Millipedes curl and nestle in her ears;
still her eyes oscillate behind her lids.
Something secret ticks on, unstoppable:
a bulb that waits to bud from cold, flowers
in spring. It is a thin song she waits on,
a hum Persephone might make below
her breath as she gathers the corn to her.
She knows that summer hides in winter's face.
A worm butts its head inside her palm's cup,
dislodges a wheat seed, which germinates,
its thin self rising through layers and months,
so that a stalk cracks the soil, turns green, lives.