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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Memoir And

This is a terrific journal of memoir that publishes personal essays, poetry, all with a memoir theme. My poem, Just Home From The Ashram appeared in it. Here is the info:
http://memoirjournal.squarespace.com/ Memoir And is available in bookstores and online. Here's the poem I published in it:

BARBARA JUST HOME FROM THE ASHRAM

You had begun to laugh
over nothing, your mouth fixed
in a plummy rictus. But everything
was fine, fine, you claimed.

Still wearing your white yoga tunic and drawstring pants,
you must have been sitting on your bed, legs interlocked
in the half-lotus, mahogany hair, usually a glossy bob,
straggly, gray-threaded, stirred by the breeze
from your open window. You must have read
from the thick book with the yellow cover,
Talks With Sri Ramana Maharishi.

Four days after you jump, I receive a copy
of the book in the mail with lines you highlighted:

The heart is the only reality
in forgetting the body.
How long does it take to be reborn?

The body must refuse to be buried.
"I" alone being held,
all else disappears.

4 comments:

Caroline said...

Your poems are AMAZING>

ABOUT ME said...

Thank you, honey. And thank for reading my blog. Love, Rochelle

Andrea said...

I can see why it's being published, this poem is awesome.

I love the unorthodox style...also, it's as if you just 'wrote it off the cuff' yet it's so 'tight' it squeaks :)

Well done my lady!

ABOUT ME said...

Thanks so much for your comment, Andrea. Oh, honey, did I tell you that I've been nominated for a Pushcart Award for a poem. I have to think up a class I can have you back in!