Thursday, January 14, 2016

Stefanie Bennett- Two Poems

Stefanie Bennett has published several poetry books, a libretto & a novel & has poems appearing in The Fib Journal, The Kalyna Review, Illya’s Honey Journal, Message in a Bottle, Shot Glass Journal, The Provo Canyon Review, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Mad Swirl, Galway Review, The Camel Saloon & others. Of mixed ancestry [Irish/Italian/Paugussett-Shawnee] she was born in Qld., Australia – & her latest poetry title “The Vanishing” [2015] was published by Walleah Press ... available at Walleah, Amazon & Fishpond Books.
CINNAMON WAY for Judith Wright   
Gravity’s split... and gales across
The channel
Rearrange old harmonies.
Even this pocket-watch
That purred its tryst
Through a Depression’s lean-ness
Has given up
The ceremonial ticking.
There’s less precision in circumference
These days.
About facing
The bathroom mirror,
A known stranger
Waves an impressionist salute.
I ponder. What remains
Of Billich’s world?* Slessor’s monarchy?*
I say – ‘Poet... ideals and sensibilities
Are posthumous
To any cause.’
The still-living ‘I’ accords
A lateral steam-shape
That’s form without grace. Now,
Probability’s lit by
Brush strokes axed and faded.
Entowelled, I wander back to what’s left
Of the library’s warmth.
“... So the ghost cried
And pressed
To the dark pane!” +
I say – ‘Dusk, my blue-chip librettists, is
Diviner dust. It finds us
                Placidly profound
In order to negotiate.’
On cue, lightning forks the vestibule
And the near-by
Isle, Mudjimba. No
Post modernism here... just
A subverted femme fatale
Wringing out the spheres – and
A stopped watch
Polishing its own numerals.
[*Billich, artist. *+Slessor “So the ghost etc”, poet.
Mudjimba Isle, South-East Queensland].
Mistaking this love
Would mean
That the air has
No rhythm
To beat its wings

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