Thursday, October 8, 2015

The poetry of Veronica Golos

'Poetry is a particular way of looking at the world.
Not so much the describing of the world, but a way of participating in it.'
Veronica Golos

'I alternate between great rage and a passion for justice – I don’t write poetry as art for arts sake, although I believe it is crucial to learn the craft — but what am I here for, if not to build an active, muscled, true peace?'
Veronica Golos


A Bell Buried Deep
Veronica Golos

Feasting on the aftertaste,
I weaken first,
rise, stand at the window –
my pale skin flushed in the North Carolina light.
The old wood planks moan,
the white bedspread ripples like new snow,
our white sheets are the color of white beneath white –
and you, your brown skin against the sheet,
our marriage the color of syrup.

I lift my eyes and am chastened
by the angry heartbreak this world can bring.
The treetops are tender green –
and what is the color green but everything washed clean,
even the tiny, blue stone cemetery
where my son remains…
does not rise even after this, his eleventh year.
He is blue in the ground, his light-blue bones,
the midnight cap of his hair, his infant smell –
a bell buried deep, where he was in me,
ringing, ringing.

My god,
love making
can redeem
but does not release
pain! I do not forget

my periwinkle boy, my blue berry, my demon –
all his names in a world pulsing with names,
wild christenings in the air –
as the blue-green vein of my wrist beats,
the memory of him, our pale-boned boy,
drives me back to our bed
to touch you, his dark father,
with my grief full of tongues,
full with his name.
More detail about Veronica Golos's poem and a recording of her reading the above poem is here
An interview between Veronica Golos and the poet Sam Hamill (whose works appears on this blog) is here and here.
An interview with Veronica Golos is here.
Veronica Golos website is here. More of her poems can be read herehere, here and here.
Veronica Golos is the author of three poetry books Vocabulary of Silence, A Bell Buried Deep and  Rootwork: The Lost Writings of John Brown & Mary Day Brown. Golos is the Poetry Editor for the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and co-editor of the Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art. She lives in Taos, New Mexico.

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