A Bosom Friend

*A Bosom Friend
 
Anna, you
are two rooms away
studiously turning disaster
into art.  How do you
spell earthquake? How
do you spell smoke?
At the bottom of your paper
a dashed-off sketch in red
ink of houses burning
and falling.  This picturing
gift was born in you
but the words above
the flames are new,
the concentrated stitching
up, flame with word, new.
My word, made flesh, tonight
you claim your birthright,
set with your red pen
the match to a new vocabulary.
 
Sherry Robbins, from Or, the Whale, BlazeVOX [books]
 
* Join me for Or, the Whale, a Just Buffalo Literary Center Adult 4-session discussion group centered on Moby Dick. An optional creative writing prompt will be offered before each session, but the focus will be on the book itself. For more information, click on the link below.
https://www.justbuffalo.org/shop/writing-workshop-or-the-whale-moby-dick-2020/
 
Short bio: Sherry Robbins, a self-diagnosed Moby Dick fanatic, is a poet and teaching artist. She has two books of poetry, Or, the Whale, BlazeVOX [books] (a poetic reimagining of Moby Dick), and Under World (Outriders Poetry Project), two chapbooks, and dozens of poems published in literary journals and anthologies here and in Spain, Portugal, and Canada. Robbins is the only poet invited to read at Seaman’s Bethel Chapel in New Bedford (see Moby Dick, chapter 7) at the invitation of the New Bedford Port Society and the Portuguese collection of the New Bedford Library.

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