If you weren’t able to stop for poetry in the last weeks of the holiday season, you may have missed our two-part interview with Gwendolyn Jensen.  If that is true, you also missed the chance to see some of the clearest examples of what true poetry can be and we encourage you to visit our archives to steep yourself in the words and work of this brilliant and brave woman.

We begin our 2011 Poetry Fridays with one last offering from the extraordinary Ms. Jensen. It stands alone, as it must, and stands for one woman’s courage in excavating the past and uncovering a sanctuary in the process.

Epitaph for Liz

I bore you in the cricket’s thistle song,
I bore you ever green, abundant
From the hot blind earth, and you are gone.
I bear the fate you have become,
I have work to do, and death has done;
But in the blank and zero of the night,
I hear the banging, banging of your open
Doors, vast eyes of many lenses,
Luminous, compounded, and I am content.

Reprinted with Permission from Birthright. Copyright 2011 by Gwendolyn Jensen.  Birch Brook Press, Delhi, NY 13753. (607) 746-7453  www.birchbrookpress.info

You may be among the lucky ones to hear Gwendolyn Jensen read her poetry if you are in one of these places on these dates:

Monday, March 7. Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA. 7 p.m.

Friday, April 1. Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA. Noon and 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 15. The Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, MA.

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  • Carla R. Ortega March 23, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I’d like to translate it to portuguese.