This poem went through 3 or 4 arrangements before what ended up being published in After Marriage: Poems In and Out of Disunion. This poem is under the chapter, “Contumelious Straights With Hampered Joyous Lines,” which is the last chapter in the book. It is among my favorite poems in the book. The imagery, placement, and altitude all locate the reader at a specific rendering of a specific moment, which is what I always try to do with my poetry.
White Cornelian CherryThese dogwood palms, contrarian houses Corf corbel ligaments fountains stern well Buried leaves respite conspicuous buds Esplanade commuting coast counsel bells Better rills descended perambulate Walking monuments bitter morning light Water loathed and touched grass curtains Torched yellow resurrected roots sign night String cabinets aside empty palms for May For gregarious candles sailing right In kind, display these mountainous lips And haunt grieved propositions flight Accessibility ornamental Does not withstand Plains a journey still
There was a certain time, as I drifted weeks and months further away from my last episode of symptoms and more time into clarity of thought and temperate days that I found a distinct voice in my poetry. This was once of those times. Not each of those occasions are as fruitful.