Monday, April 17, 2017
FEATURED POET: AILEEN CASSINETTO
Three Poems by Aileen Cassinetto
From “The Enormous River Encircling the World”
learn the art of camouflage.
That sound you hear—ambient noise, they call it—is really
Okeanos’ dragon tail swirling, whorl-like, with “all
the might of the ocean stream.”
Best take your cue from the Nautilus (pelagic and unchanged),
or the Sailfin sculpin (eye-banded and demersal),
or the Leafy seadragon (which, in captivity, is unbreedable).
the Angelfish and the Butterfly splitfin.
Regard with wonder the Weedy seadragon on their rocky reefs,
and the Longsnout seahorse on coral reefs.
Also Janss’ pipefish and his unparalleled brood pouch,
and Shaw’s cowfish: carapace-cased, rough-water warriors.
Discover the blue-emitting Brittle star, and the Sunfish in its wholeness,
the Sea pink coastliners and the lovely Seaside fleabane, also pink.
There's the beach sagebrush—silver and salt-washed.
find the Dwarf cuttlefish, masters of camouflage—
stumpy-spined Indo-Pacific survivors,
they’ve actually learned to “walk.”
Best be like a cuttle, ambling flamboyantly…
The Boatman’s Book Spine Poetry II
—from Our Own Voice’s Bookshelf (2001-2016)
Behind the Blue Canvas
The Invisible Palace
Eye of the Fish
25 Chickens and a Pig for the Bride
Coming Full Circle
Names Above Houses
Field of Mirrors
Gravities of Center
Into the Country of Standing Men
Not Home, But Here
Love Gathers All
The Gods We Worship Live Next Door
Name of a Rose
find you here
I only ever
passing. Just Joey,
you. In Corralitos,
A rose, fragrant
a name, measured
I pick you,
an offering. Now
as one does
Posted by EILEEN at 11:03 PM