Poetry

Poetry Sunday: Selena Anne Shephard
aka Andy Plumb, Four Poems

falling

It’s Saturday night
I’m walking the creek
that reminds me of a river
that reminds me of a sound

I hear the sound
coming from the trees
from the leaves falling
from the falling leaves

I’m counting back the years
the ones I tasted
the ones I wasted
the ones I pasted in my tiny scrapbooks

I picture my grandfather
the gun in his hand
the finger on the trigger
the shot to his head

It’s Saturday night
I’m walking the creek
that reminds me of a river
that reminds me of a sound

 

First published in Doll Hearts and reprinted here with permission of the author.

 

88

Aware of her sudden silence
my mother died…

Her memories sifting away
her thoughts melting on ice

She no longer could ask questions
of strangers
while walking her dog.

Who were these people feeding her
lifting her and bathing her?

And where was the ocean,
where was the godamned ocean?

 

from Doll Hearts and reprinted here with permission of the author.

 

Sin Subtitulo

she brought me her heart
layered like a cake
I ate and I ate and I ate
And still I was hungry.

I have come to believe.
that love is a foreign film.
without subtitles.

 

First published in Spillway, then in Poems from Big Pink, and reprinted here with permission of the author.

 

Insomnia

America, in the gasps of the lumpen prayletariate,

ruled by a follygarchy,

leading by tweeting.

Prophetic or pathetic?

Not mere Grover Cleveland mediocrity.

Fright wing fanatics in the west wing

a messianic mess of deranged free range crapitalists,

yet strangely Putinized,

singing, ‘I will follow him,

wherever he may go.”

Dazed by his dazzling blues.

His Russian charm.

Moscovian wit.

The way he kisses with knives on his tongues.

 

First published in Doll Hearts and reprinted here with permission of the author.

Selena Shephard aka Andy Plumb is a gender-fluid poet and photographer, dancer, and birder living in northern California. They have created three books of poems and photos: Bootleg Poems, Poems from Big Pink, and Doll Hearts. Doll Heartsis available for order at the poet’s website. The art for the cover of Doll Hearts was a painting created by Shephard.

To hear Shephard reading and discussing craft, go here.

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  • Nancy meyer August 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Especially love 88 and sin subtitulo

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