Monday, April 24, 2017

Anne Graue

HER BEHEADING

sordid garments laced
with brazen-faced
dishonesty

her convicted eye
her heart
her little neck

she shed her self
the germ of her
on peaceful knees

her folded hands
on white ermine
the red skirt

her throated falcon
ladies waiting
a crucifix for her waist

her gaze
a disturbance then
the gleaming descent


Anne reads "Her Beheading":



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Anne confesses: "I have been obsessed with Anne Boleyn of late, and this poem is a manifestation of her last moments. It is part of a series of poems concerned with the courtship and marriage of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII that resulted in such a violent end."


ANNE GRAUE lives and writes in Mahopac, New York. Her poetry has been published in literary journals including The Westchester Review, Ginosko Literary Journal, The Fem, Random Sample Review, and Yellow Chair Review. Her chapbook, Fig Tree in Winter, is forthcoming in 2017 from Dancing Girl Press.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Day 23: Shakespeare's Sonnets

Since National Poetry Month includes April 23, the day Shakespeare's birth and death are observed, I thought I'd include one of his sonnets in the tour.

Sonnet 129 calls unfulfilled lust "perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame, / Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust," and ends on a noir note, but I prefer the lighter, more personal touch of Sonnet 138. —Gerald So

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

Day 21: "What We Own"

Today's tour poem, by Philip Terman, puts ownership in perspective. Mourning a dead brother, the speaker remembers not physical possessions so much as slices of life. As flesh and blood are taken away and even if memory later fades, those moments will always have been fully lived, owned. Also, thanks to the poem, they are immortalized. —Gerald So

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Day 20: "Crooked as a Dog's Hind Leg"

Today's tour poem, by Melissa Range, is another I picked from the archives of the Academy of American Poets website. Its use of the word "crooked" isn't necessarily to mean "criminal," yet it clearly means "not straight," not adherent to a model life or to anyone else's expectations. In other words, open to adventure.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Day 19: "The Intruder"

In today's tour poem, as featured on the Academy of American Poets website, David R. Slavitt uses burglary as a metaphor for aging or any kind of life change that slyly sneaks up on us. —Gerald So

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Day 18: Defenestration

Defying definition, Andrew Kaye and Eileen Lavelle's Defenestration is a humor site having nothing to do with being thrown out a window.

Likewise, today's tour poem, "No Title (on purpose)" by Matt Kolbet, is about suicide. What could be funny about that? —Gerald So