Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Three poems by Alan Britt


Three poems
by Alan Britt

OLD MOON

The old moon
leaves paw prints
across backyard snow.

Lawn chairs
on their backs,
icy wind bites
their white ankles.

The old moon,
bronze scales
on her torso,
returns from the black sea,
the dead sea,
life on the other side
of birth.

She is old,
drags her granite
wedding train
of centuries.

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JANUARY

Snow leaps
from our roof.

Wild smoke.

Glass moon.

Shadows dig
black holes
in the new millennium.

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LUNAR ECLIPSE

The moon’s
parchment breasts.

Wind chill
26 below.

My blood
walks
through blustery moonlight;
ice flows jam
my sea
of oxygen.

A polar bear
emerges from one ice flow,
a baby seal
flapping
between his bronze teeth.

Author bio:

Alan Britt’s recent books are Vegetable Love (2009), Vermilion (2006), Infinite Days (2003), Amnesia Tango (1998) and Bodies of Lightning (1995). The Poetry Magazines provide a free access digital library of 20th & 21st century English poetry magazines with the aim of preserving them for the future has included Britt’s work published in Fire (UK) in their project. Britt’s work also appears in the new anthologies, American Poets Against the War, Metropolitan Arts Press, 2009 and Vapor transatl├íntico (Transatlantic Steamer), a bi-lingual anthology of Latin American and North American poets, Hofstra University Press/Fondo de Cultura Econ├│mica de Mexico/Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos de Peru, 2008. Britt recently served as Panel Chair for Poetry Studies & Creative Poetry for the PCA/ACA Conference 2007 in Boston and read poetry at Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ (2009) and the WPA Gallery/Ward-Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY (2008). Nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2008. Alan currently teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University and lives in Reisterstown, Maryland with his wife, daughter, two Bouviers des Flandres, one Bichon Frise and two formerly feral cats.

Artist bio:

Photograph by Tony Polain. His photography can be viewed at his Flickr stream.

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