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Event Calendar
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special events
June 25 -29

Summer Youth Poetry Camp!

readings & workshops
June 28

Poetry Reading: Elisa Karbin & Jessica L. Walsh

special events
July 7

Dedicated to the One I Love: Karaoke for Education

readings & workshops
July 10

Offsite Reading: Poetry in the Park at Juneau Park

readings & workshops
July 12

Poetry Reading: Ed Werstein & Sylvia Cavanaugh

readings & workshops
July 14

Genre: Urban Arts Reading

readings & workshops
July 18

Book Launch: Still Waters Collective, Runs Deep anthology

performances
July 19

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

July 30 - Aug 10

Woodland Pattern Annual Inventory - STORE CLOSED

readings & workshops
August 14

Offsite Reading: Poetry in the Park - Juneau Park

performances
August 16

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Geraldine Monk

Geraldine Monk is an English poet from the county of Lancashire. Her poetry was first published in the 1970's and has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies in Britain and the U.S.A. Her main collections of poetry include Interregnum, Creation Books, Noctivagations and Escafeld Hangingsboth published by West House Books. The Salt Companion to Geraldine Monk edited by Scott Thurston appeared in 2007. Her latest collection is Ghost & Other Sonnets, Salt Publishing, 2008.

Selected Poems

from Ghost & Other Sonnets


Geraldine Monk

 

It started with a tryst and twist of 
Lupine lovely arms along a rural railroad
Bank. Winter rose up summer's rise.
Throes of profound bafflement.
Vague was the impression of fossil
Teeth across the false breast
Yearning for a straight line in
Nature digging the what that lies
Oblong and lewd in the tube of
Afterlife lingerings.
Unsourced scent so strong it
Overpowered sense and narrative.

Disturbed earth grew stripes.
A stalk broke too far.


Desperation clung to petulant
Hillside. Sadistic clouds gingered
Nails snagged a cut of
Gibbous moon. It was getting nasty.
Eccentric crops of revert cats
Mewled semicircles beneath the bay
Window frocks shimmied in full party swing.
Transparency rebounded dark: looking
Out with awe they saw themselves looking
In: Thin things shattered on
Fluted reflections. As if...
They gasped...as if...

Grabbing the scruff a noun
Drowned an over-gowned thought.