Photograph by Alexis Rhone Fancher
Copyright © 2019 by the photographer. All rights reserved.
The botanist takes his work to bed
Knows well how the flowers on a yucca tree
top erect stems every spring
and serve as no-tell hotel rooms
Where Tegeticula yuccasella moths
dive into blossoms to mate with the opposite sex
Except those rooms do tell
in honey scented notes of pollen
before the female moth drops eggs into the flower’s ovaries
Titillating the botanist by her ability
to sense pheromones from other females
And to move on to virgin blooms that don’t reek of sex
before depositing her eggs
The same scent that rides the air through
the botanist’s open window and stirs production
of his own sticky substance
He dreams of spring and its provocations
But he laughs along with his coworkers in the lab
when they joke about “going green”
And prefers not to acknowledge the word arborphilia
is widely published and awarded as a poet and essayist. Recent poems have won the 2019 Poetry Super Highway Contest, the Nebraska Writers Guild’s Women of the Fur Trade Poetry Contest, and New Millennium’s Monthly Musepaper Poetry Contest. Sex and Other Slapsticks (Presa Press, 2019) is her 14th chapbook. Earlier collections have won Poetry Forum’s Chapbook Contest Prize, San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival Chapbook Competition, Encircle Publications Chapbook Contest, Best Individual Poetry Collection Award from Purple Patch magazine in England, and the Aurorean’s Chapbook Choice Award.
Her poems have found their way onto broadsides, buses, rented cars, bicycles, cabins, greeting cards, key chains, bookmarks, mugs, coffee-sack labels, church bulletins, radio shows, and cable TV, as well as into hundreds of national and international journals, magazines, and anthologies.
Ellaraine has been awarded multiple residencies and fellowships from both Centrum and Summer Literary Seminars, and thirty of her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She also teaches writing workshops, frequently judges poetry contests, and serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyles magazine Lilipoh.
Her pollages, which combine handmade papermaking, poetry, and collage, have appeared in juried art shows around the country and have been the subject of a one-woman gallery art show and several online essays and interviews. They also exist in several private art collections and have appeared in: The Centrifugal Eye, Rio Grande Review, Homestead Review, Sein Und Werden (England), Prairie Connection, Ascent Aspirations, and Alchemy. Ellaraine’s book The Gourmet Paper Maker (how to make paper with the inedible parts of fruits and vegetables) is published in six languages.
[See also Pollage Number 92 here in Issue 1 of MacQ.]
is the author of five books of poetry and photography: Junkie Wife (Moon Tide Press, 2018);
How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen and other heart-stab poems
(Sybaritic Press, 2014); and three books published by KYSO Flash Press:
State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies (2015) and its companion
volume, The Dead Kid Poems (2019), and
(2017), a full-length collection of photographs and erotic poems.
Rhone Fancher’s writing has been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart
Prize and Best of the Net, and appears in more than 100 literary magazines, journals,
and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2016, Wide Awake: Poets of Los
Angeles and Beyond, Rattle, The MacGuffin, Slipstream, Hobart, Cleaver Magazine,
Poetry East, Fjords Review, Rust + Moth, Pirene’s Fountain, Askew and
Her photographs have been published worldwide, including spreads in Diaphanous,
KYSO Flash, The Lummox, Serving House Journal, River Styx, and Rogue
Agent, and on the covers of Chiron Review, Heyday Magazine, Nerve Cowboy,
Pithead Chapel, The Mas Tequila Review, Witness and two KYSO Flash anthologies
(2015, and the 2018 volume, Accidents of Light).
A lifelong Angeleno, Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. From the
S-curves of Topanga and the sprawling beaches of the Westside, to the stunning views
of downtown L.A. from her previous loft studio, her beloved city can be construed as
another character in her work. She and her husband now live on the cliffs of San Pedro,
a sleepy beach community 20 miles from their former digs in DTLA. They still have an
alexis [at] lapoetrix [dot] com