I worked in a college library for a few years so I was fortunate to be introduced to our next poet at a poetry reading on campus.
This is a portion of her bio I found on poetry.org –
“On December 6, 1962, Julia Spicher Kasdorf was born in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. She was educated at Goshen College and New York University.
Her books of poetry include Eve’s Striptease (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998) and Sleeping Preacher (1992), which received the 1991 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Award for New Writing in 1993. ………. Her work has been described by the poet Eamon Grennanas “Crosshatched by body, spirit, and the relation between them; animated by bright instinctive exchanges between carnal and religious zones of experience; driven by an honest, explicitly female consciousness of what ‘animal’ and ‘soul’ might mean.”
She currently teaches creative writing and women’s studies at Pennsylvania State University.”
Landscape with Desire
Next month maples along this lake will rage
orange and scarlet. Firs we barely discern
on that far shore will state their dark shapes,
so we are torn between taking it all in
from the porch and taking a swim. At night
we pull on sweatshirts, lie down on the dock,
heads nestled in life preservers, and wait
for meteors to streak the August sky
like runs in the blackest stocking against
the whitest thigh. With each plummeting light,
our voices rise like love cries, more urgent
and louder than any solitary loon or coyote
calling to its mate. Only we conflate
longing and loss like this; only we wait.
© Julia Kasdorf
the night sky –
full of tiny holes
as if some
has eaten holes in its fabric
letting light shine through
© cgk 2016
Now it’s your turn.
After you’ve written your Shadorma (or other poem) post it on your own blog, tag it B&Ps Shadorma and Beyond and MindLoveMisery’sMenagerie, then link it here so we can all read and enjoy.
Thanks for joining me. See you again in two weeks.