poetryrepairs #196 14.01:009
DAVID BARNES : The Carpenter
APRYL FOX : Aqua
CAROLE NELSON PHILLIPS : Blue Paper
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DAVID BARNES
The Carpenter
The truth of it: he looks on softened palms these days, no longer calloused ... calloused hands, which once shaped, planed the rich surface of a life cut down, fashioned, carved into an intricate corner cabinet, hanging somewhere. Against the shed wall, Queen Anne stands incomplete, naked, awaiting her finale; and he knows that someone else will have to dress her. He sees yesteryears. Blackened bloodstains, scars embedded in the worn workbench: where carved barley twists lie half finished. The truth of it: glue clamps and nails do not gather here anymore, his tools lie idle. All that remains is the fragrance of wood; the memory of calloused hands.
poetryrepairs #196 14.01:009
All the fine arts are species of poetry--Samuel Taylor Coleridge

poetry repairs your heart
even as it splits it open.
VIRGINIA WOOLF
The Art of Reading



APRYL FOX
Aqua
Six months had passed since that day I did not see you in the park. It was a gorgeous afternoon and I was taking my dog, Her Royal Highness, Princess of the Dogs, for a walk. I looked for you for two hours before the bums came out at twilight, and one offered to knit me a homemade afghan if I gave fifty dollars. I declined, but the word 'afghan' made me think: do afghans come from Afghanistan? Do they have trees in Afghanistan? Or toilets? Where did they get their water, or "aqua," as they say in Spanish, though I don't think the Afghans speak Spanish. Not the rugs, the country.   Princess of the Dogs--or Princess, for short--is part Dalmation, part Sharpee, part something else: Chihuahua, maybe, or Mexican. But she doesn't speak Spanish. I am not bilingual, though I know a few words in Spanish: "Hola," "Adios," "abuela." Water is "aqua," there is not much "aqua" in Mexico. Does Mexico have many beaches? I ask a Spaniard this question-- perhaps he is a "hombre"? He shrugs. "No, chica. No habla ingles. No aqua." "Water" is "aqua." "Blue" is azuel." No means the same thing in every language
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CAROLE NELSON PHILLIPS
Blue Paper
She'd write on blue paper Wouldn't phone a plane, train time & place there would be a common corner no, she wouldn't wear a carnation what coat or no coat would depend on the weather they would falter briefly, she would know his face not the sound of his voice he would speak first some café would be busy, maybe a sunday, coffee would taste the same she'd pass sugar he might refuse he'd offer cigarettes she'd accept, her hand might tremble near the flame he'd say there should be an avenue of kowhai here but maybe they would die in the city & capsicums don't grow well in window boxes she'd write on blue maybe yellow paper enclose photos of cathedrals flour mills send it airmail
Poetry endangers the established order
of the soul - Plato

REPAIR: resort, frequent or habitual going; concourse or confluence of people at or in a place; making one's way; to go, betake oneself, to arrive; return to a place; to dwell; to recover, heal, or cure; to renew; to fix to original condition.
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poetryrepairs #196 14.01:009
DAVID BARNES : The Carpenter
APRYL FOX : Aqua
CAROLE NELSON PHILLIPS : Blue Paper
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