Poems - Issue 6
Included below are 4 poems from Issue 6, by the following writers:
Ananda-mayi dasi lives and works as a nun in the Hindu tradition of Gaudiya Vaisnavism. She spends most of her time cooking, tending the temple, and writing, and she divides her year between Audarya, a monastery in the redwood forests of Northern California, and Madhuvan, a monastery in the jungles of Costa Rica.
Jonathan Greenhause is the winner of the 2017 Prism Review Poetry Contest, and his poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Dark Horse, The Interpreter’s House, New Walk Magazine, Popshot, Pushing Out the Boat, The Rialto, and Stand, among others.
Kathy Pimlott has a pamphlet Goose Fair Night (Emma Press, 2016, reprinted 2017). Her poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, most recently One For the Road (ed. Helen Mort, Smith/Doorstop). She lives in Covent Garden.
George Szirtes has published many books of poems since his first in 1979, with Reel (2004) winning the T S Eliot Prize, for which he has been twice shortlisted since. His latest is Mapping the Delta (Bloodaxe 2016).
A selection of poems from previous issues can be found here.
From the cut mouth of a fish
Two men, Hasids, open fish
for a living – days of the same flaying
& eternal folding of skins –
the peeling back gentle as the removal
of a child’s accidental wetness.
Then, as suddenly as the child
is done with helplessness,
the men are done with fish.
They heard, people say, the truth
from a cut mouth, the blur eyes
intelligent. It was a fish as I was
a child – terrible. Always posing
the paralyzing question: what is cold
with unbearable holiness
& what is cold?