Three Poems by Chellis Glendinning

#24

by CHELLIS GLENDINNING

 

wisps of that Paris, you know which one

frescoes are cracked by shrapnel

manuscripts scrawled in ink, clacked out on Remington’s

raspy renderings of Parlez-Moi d’Amour

 

coarse-hewn wool, passion threads essence

 

Griffin chases truth in a café on the rue

I, in this caracól in Cochabamba

vino tinto lapping at glass buoys

and the cathedral is plastered white

we run neck-and-neck in pursuit

 

what, still?

 

muses afflict us with desire

 

 

#25

by CHELLIS GLENDINNING

 

it all happens so quixotically    I mean

 

you can zero in    on the molecules of a mosquito wing

 

you can ruminate    on the tilt of the tango    or the daily progression of fascists

 

you can contemplate the cancer    that’s consuming your lover

 

or the voyage of Venus across the firmament

 

you can zero in    or zero out

 

 

and never really know    which windmill or    if, Dulcinea

 

 

#27

by Chellis Glendinning

            for Avi

 

O Israel, with your steel sand and olive detonations

you sent me your son

your cyclone of edges, armpits, cackling wool

he sunk his teeth into me, right to left

his 4000 years

in his presence I became a soldier, and then

a gardenia

 

Chellis Glendinning lives in Bolivia. She is the author of five books, including Off the Map: An Expedition Deep into Empire and the Global Economy, which won the U.S. National Federation of Press Women Book Award. She can be reached via www.chellisglendinning.org.

 

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Chellis Glendinning is the author of five books, including When Technology WoundsOff the Map: An Expedition Deep into Empire and the Global Economy and Chiva: A Village Takes on the Global Heroin Trade.  She may be contacted via www.chellisglendinning.org.

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