Monday, November 30, 2009

Penn Kemp, "Dream Sequins (i & ii)"

Penn Kemp

Dream Sequins


Imagine you are lying in bed, letting thoughts float.

All is translation, carried across, the metaphor of
being. Being here, I am translated there. Where?

Only the shadow knows. The words speak for each
other and themselves. They tumble in their sphere,

happily clunking into and through each other. Hue
beyond spectrum spreads into sound and heat. Who

could doubt the veracity of such tangibly felt reality?
Not in the dream I who am fully there living sweet

rounds that seem so perfectly whole I could spend
life here. Nothing conjures any outside I can imagine
beyond the curved boundaries of this floating world.


Dream so solid, how does it dissolve into instant

frayed fragments, an image waning, voice trailing

off. Time collapsed offers multiple spheres, entries
along the path between past, present, possible futures.

Interjections interrupt the trail we conceive as real,
the present as gift, as presence, as the only possible

way through, way in. Memories weigh in as if
they were real. Futures impinge as if secure. As if,

the massif. Possibilities encroach, almost solid, almost

Canadian poet, performer and playwright Penn Kemp has published twenty-five books of poetry & drama and has produced six plays & ten CDs, including Canada’s first poetry CD-ROM and several award-winning videopoems. She performs in festivals around the world. Her Muse News is renewed monthly on http://www.mytown.ca/pennletters/ and on http://facebook.com/pages/Penn-Kemp/126450531030?created. Penn can also be heard on myspace.com/pennkemp and http://www.mytown.ca/pennkemp/. Penn is the Canada Council Writer-in-Residence at the University of Western Ontario for 2009-10. As part of the residency, Penn is hosting Gathering Voices on Radio Western, CHRW 94.9 FM. Archives of past interviews, writing exercises and Penn’s sound operas are now available on www.chrwradio.com/talk/gatheringvoices.

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

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for these, Penn. There's a lot of feeling in these ... and also associations. One that flashed across my mental screen was "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The shadow knows."
-- John Oughton