Friday, January 01, 2010

Threnody, Juliet Patterson

Threnody, the 16th edition of WinteRed, reads as a moving elegy for bees lost to Colony Collapse Disorder. Here, Patterson weaves together image and music to illuminate the loss of time implicated in the devastation of our natural world.

An excerpt:

Chance and chance
all that is visible
moves the eye
and pierces or erodes
the mind's structure.
Everything moves
on, the heather, the clover,
the juniper bushes, cheat grass.
And into land: water, the river
running into sea, and the sea, open ocean
contracted by a time-scale
of exponential growth,
the hale and the whole, effaced
and on the silent coasts,
failed wings

JULIET PATTERSON'S first book, The Truant Lover, was selected by Jean Valentine as the 2004 winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize and was a finalist for a 2007 Lambda Literary Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 26, American Letters and Commentary, Bellingham Review, Bloom, Conduit, Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, Painted Bridge Quarterly, Swerve, Washington Square, Verse, and other magazines. She edits poetry for Konundrum Literary Engine Review and teaches poetry and creative writing in Minneapolis through the College of St. Catherine, Hamline University, and The Loft Literary Center. Visit her website:

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