By Lesle Lewis
In Small Boat Lesle Lewis's craft rides the waves of the hot England panorama either inner and exterior. If her international is a university, as she says, then her poems give you the glue that anchors every thing from shifts within the climate to global occasions to a cacophony of innovations. while sentences collide, a brand new dating starts off, and Lewis's poems carry feel to those advanced and disparate juxtapositions. Small Boat, in different phrases, either creates an exhilarating chaos and offers a relaxing religion.
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Chimney is house, wicker screen is pretty, daughter’s half-portrait like from heaven smiles down. On Derry Hill the blue sky behind the clouds is forever as long as I live, but it is only blue in the sky, the direction south in Tibet smart birds ﬂy. 42 Snow, Paper, Love ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ Molded snow shows the shape of the earth and how long her love lasts. She won’t let you go back to the pile of you’s that wears mirrors in place of faces. To lament a lament that there isn’t time, to wring some paper juice, her life is not opposite to the one involving a woman chasing a man around the globe.
49 Walking through It on My Broken Hoofs ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ ĺ I’ve been a jolly girl dog horse for thirty years. I’ve lived in this ﬁeld for the last ﬁfteen. My owner is putting me down soon to save me from another winter but her reductionist behavior belittles both of us. If she must, then window trim, door trim, pictures hung in her house. But rather as long as she can get along without, my end. If she takes me down near a hole and a backhoe pushes me in, where from this? Heigh-ho. Let it be her, not me, put down with an injection of chemical love and buried in the ﬁeld.
I take my bike to the orchard hill. I go to sleep there. I wake up. I am the wind, that big and invisible. I roll over. I am too hot. I walk. I am a path in the woods. I walk downhill to a farm with a pond. I see no cows. I walk uphill to my jacket and helmet baking in the sun. I am my jacket and helmet baking in the sun. I eat my nectarine. I am where my nectarine comes from far away. I am all the things I take the time for and what I am is not that important to hold onto anymore. I take off my shirt.
Small Boat (Iowa Poetry Prize) by Lesle Lewis