IN THE SPACES BETWEEN...
Wendy Taylor Carlisle lives in the spaces between Texas and Arkansas, Arkansas and Missouri, Texas and Louisiana. She is the author of Persephone on the Metro (MadHat press, 2014), Discount Fireworks (Jacaranda Press, 2008) and Reading Berryman to the Dog (Jacaranda Press, 2000).
Poem Title: "Le Comte St Genois: Christian Schad"
Le Comte can fool us, French Lieutenant in a tux,
his sleek hair, blinding pocket square, his ladies'
lethal kohl-eyed stares, their bodies visible
through gauzy peau de soie, pink leaves, are sexy,
rose et vert. They have, this group, three noses
from which to look down on us.
Behind them, Paris, Berlin, any New Objective city,
lurks and looms. They stand apart and glow.
Are they translucent, shining, meant
to gather an admiring view, or are they vacant
and transparent, prisoners of their hauteur and ennui
Publication: Ekphrastic Magazine, August 2015
PERSEPHONE ON THE METRO
If you want a different story, you swing
the mop. What I remember is the weight
of nights and their particulars, sunrise
as a mist before the day slid over us,
lifting like an indigo balloon, striped
to amuse the limbic part of the brain that
sees a lover through the window, gone up
the gravel path with the noble rattle and
crunch of a serious journey, his canteen
swaying. But for me there's something prissy
about talking like this without mentioning
dirt and residue, listing the leftovers:
greasy knife, stained linens -- when I know later
if I want the place clean, I move the river.
Journals of Interest
Asses of Parnassus
Cider Press Review
Dead Mule School of Southern Literature
Dime Show Review
Ghost City Review
Mom Egg Review
New Verse News
Rat's Ass Review
Right Hand Pointing