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In My Body of Skin

When I was a nightingale, I sang.
When I was a serpent, I swallowed.
My voice, spume blown from a wave,
a sound too thin for earthworms.

In my body of skin, of moss, of clover,
I touch fingers with fingers
      lips with lips
      the exposed tip of the heart.

With memories older than Prometheus,
I remember the time when time was birthed,
the sky appeared,
sudden light    velvet    feathery,
the wind and water
where blind valves closed
on a single grain of sand.

Seed work    sun work    earth work.
If pansies are for thoughts,
pick them early in the morning
so they last.

Lake-summer days I climb the hill,
drink the sky and pose like Millet's peasant
listening to an invisible lark.

With a pocketful of seeds, I sit
peeling an orange under a static sun,
attentive to the sound of pine cones clicking open.

The child sleeps in my shadow
and walks beside me
following from birth and
moving as I move.
We cling together like small animals    trembling
and the well is dry    the cup empty

and gravity's a long way down.

by Ruth Daigon



Autumn Wood, by Minna Vainio

"Autumn Wood"
By Minna Vainio

     

Ruth Daigon was for twenty years the editor ofPoets On: Her work has been published in many print and online journals including Southern Poetry Review, Shenandoah, Atlanta Quarterly, Web del Sol and Alsop Review, and has won a number of awards for her own poetry, including The Ann Stanford Poetry Awardand the "Eve of St. Agnes Award" from Negative Capability. Her most recent book of poems, Between One Future and the Next, was released in 1995 by Papier-Mache Press. Pudding House Publications has selected her as part of their gold book series consisting of poets whose work has been well-published, used, referred to, remembered, anthologized.... Each poet chooses 12 of their "greatest hits" representing the span of their careers and the history and lives of the poems as well. This series will be part of the American Literary landscape offered to a small, select group of poets for nationwide distribution. In December 1999, Newton's Baby released The Moon Inside, a new book of work.

   
 
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