Monday, November 30, 2009

Carol Peters, "de Kooning, No Title"

Carol Peters

Willem de Kooning, No Title, 1988

Though not an ear
the space edged with blue
quickens a membrane listening.

An ear doesn’t close its eye.
Whites and tomato flashes
enter unimpeded.

Threads of volume
nursed from the jigsaw knob
of the world tuning.

Through M-shaped folds
a cauliflower ear
trades suitable phrases.

The white ground
reminds us of not hearing.

Carol Peters’s chapbook, Muddy Prints, Water Shine, was published by Finishing Line Press as #57 in the New Women’s Voices Series. Her poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Ecotone, International Poetry Review, Mandorla, Pedestal Magazine, South Carolina Review, The Asheville Poetry Review, The Lyric, Waccamaw, and elsewhere. For more info., see her website, http://carolpeters.org, and her blog, http://carolpeters.blogspot.com. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina and Hakalau, Hawaii.

RECONFIGURATIONS: A Journal for Poetics & Poetry / Literature & Culture, http://reconfigurations.blogspot.com/, ISSN: 1938-3592, Volume Three (2009): Immanence/ Imminence

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