Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tuesday poem #138 : Beverly Dahlen : "The half-open eye of the moon"

  The half-open eye of the moon over Mission Street
  the scrim-colored sky         blazing shadows on the
  tarmac in the Safeway car park       trees lost in the
  slight breeze over Big Lots     & further up the hill
  lights bite night early now   January still and north
  is north & east of here the continent    to which we
  are thinly connected shifts imperceptibly into dark
  ness ahead of us             while the western heavens
  bloom rosy gray     a late bird gasps and flies away
  veiny branches of       buckeye & cherry at the foot
  of the garden now choked with weeds the emperor
  of which is sticky goosefoot    but little cymbalaria
  lives among mosses and leaves  tiny pinky flowers
  tendrils on the wall

A native of Portland, Oregon, Beverly Dahlen has lived and worked in San Francisco for many years.  Her first three books were republished by Little Red Leaves Editions in 2012; parts of her long open-ended work called A Reading have been published  over the years by various presses.  Beverly Dahlen was a recipient of a 2013 Grants to Artists Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan

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