I peer from the portal, afraid to find
some portion of my past projected
on the mirror surface of this alien
world. The field beside the barn
takes shape as I watch, wrenched
whole from its foundation in memory,
dropped like a seed onto what had been
bare rock between two continents.
In this incarnation, the rain has just
ended, will soon begin again.
Dark clouds brood over the fields,
like deep-sea jellyfish. I suppose
at home we’d call this night,
and yet it isn’t quite, something other
than the ordinary. Cows still browse,
yet the sky, spent by the storm,
has at last left off illuminating
the surface of the planet,
a task taken up by this bright meadow,
this farm, simulacrum of our green island, Earth.
—After a painting by Arkhip Kuindzhi, After the Rain (1879); and
Solaris (1972), a film by Andrei Tarkovsky based on the novel (1961)
by Stanislaw Lem
shelters in place in Southern California, where she’s been putting the finishing touches on four new manuscripts, which are currently looking for a home. She is the author of four books of poems, including an ekphrastic chapbook, Balance (White Violet, 2012) and three collections: Narrow Bridge (Main Street Rag, 2019), Other-Wise (Kelsay, 2017), and A Likely Story (Moon Tide, 2014). Her poetry, reviews, articles, and essays have been published widely.
She has also edited a print anthology, The Liberal Media Made Me Do It! Poetic Responses to NPR & PBS Stories (Nine Toes Press, 2014); an e-anthology of ekphrastic poetry, Over the Moon: Birds, Beasts, and Trees (Celebrating the Photographs of Beth Moon), which was published online in 2016 as a special edition of Poemeleon Journal; and a new ekphrastic anthology which has yet to be published.
After Blossom, ekphrastic poem after an etching
by Phil Greenwood in MacQueen’s Quinterly (Issue 3, May 2020)
Three Poems by Robbi Nester in Verse Virtual (January
of Attraction, ekphrastic poem after Van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the
Rhone, in Verse Virtual (May 2019)
Night Tunnel, ekphrastic poem after a painting by Robert Rhodes,
Philadelphia Night Train, in The Ekphrastic Review (21 April 2016)
The Locusts, ekphrastic poem after a collage of the same name
by Mary Boxley Bullington, in The Ekphrastic Review (13 October 2015)