Friday, September 27, 2013

Kumar and Mansoori's Landscapes of Love

New Jersey poet Lavinia Kumar’s chapbook Rivers of Saris is available from Main Street Rag.  Her poetry has appeared in US and UK publications such as Ascent Aspirations, Atlanta Review, Caduceus, Colere, Edison Literary Review, Exit 13, Flaneur, Kelsey Review, Lablit, Mobius, New Verse News, Orbis, Pedestal, Pemmican, Stone Highway, Symmetry Pebbles, Touch, US1 Worksheets, and Waterways. She is an editor of children’s poetry at PoetryWITS. Check out her website at

"Landscape of Love" by Nabibakhsh Mansoori, oil on canvas, 2005
It’s morning as I lie on my back in cool water.
I see your smooth skin over my cheek bones grow
as a bright green hill onshore, a blue eye at a ridge,
and at the foot soft sand chains of twists and coils.

My nose sinks deeper in still water.  I close one eye
till a small tree grows above it.  Branches inside
spread crimson red, blood red, color of the river
and your arrows. I enclose it in a glass bubble

and watch it rise, till it sails farther than words.
Now my nose slips under.  Habit holds my breath.
But should it?  Is there a time when green love
is more than life?  No new color should be beyond? 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Henry Moore's "Reclining Figure" by Poet Donald Hall

Poet Donald Hall
Sculptor Henry Moore, 1898-1986 
Donald Hall, born in 1928, is an American poet, writer, editor, and literary critic. A graduate of Phillips Exeter, Harvard, and Oxford, he has written over 50 books across many genres.

Henry Moore, Reclining Figure, 1951
Reclining Figure

Then the knee of the wave
turned to stone.

By the cliff of her flank
I anchored,

in the darkness of harbors

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Breasts and More Breasts: Poem by Camille Guthrie

Born in Seattle and raised in Pittsburgh, poet Camille Guthrie earned a BA at Vassar College and an MFA at Brown University. She is the author of the poetry collections The Master Thief (2000) and In Captivity (2006, and has taught at New York University and Bennington College. 

 Mamelles by Louise Bourgeois, 1991

Mamelles (From Articulated Lair: Poems for Louise Bourgeois)

A stretched frieze

poured hill to hill
Louise Bourgeois in Her Paris Studio, 1946
to a milked horizon

The fetish rubs close
is graspable, laps 
at the taffy-pulling rack

She acquiesces to divine rights

This poultice will heave
many handled
rose-sucking waves

for a garish thirst

Erosion in evidence

Post-partum depression

Dismembering nestler

to a precipice

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