Friday, September 21, 2018

new from above/ground press: Between Ocean and Land, by Lisa Rawn

Between Ocean and Land
Lisa Rawn

Asleep in the Honey

Tupelo, a fancy dress from Wewahitchka
trolls its feet in lazy swampland
worker bees drown, dancing in high water.

Miel pura, a complex of divine sugars  
full of Dios, rolling in flowers,  Oh the varietals!
Avocado, Basswood, Sage, Sourwood.

McCormick, Cockshutt, Silver King, Hercules
since the first Klondikers sowed rows of canola
exhale summer heat, faithfully turning us under.

Mules sensed an early wrong with sensitive nostrils
but galloping spillways of pearls prepossessed
carnival grain slides in World’s Fair abundance.

Miserere!  Have mercy, as bees cannot find flowers
the brave ones lost in cattails and downed in silt
los vivos, hivebound without their vivid meals.
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
September 2018
celebrating twenty-five years of above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Lisa Rawn
lives in the sage just west of Kamloops, British Columbia.  Her 2015 chapbook Ahead of Winter was published by Alfred Gustav Press. Poems have been selected by various magazines, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart prize.

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