The 4 ‘0’ Clock News @ House of Sky
In the beginning we wanted
to cast ourselves
as opera stars, to break apart
like gorgeous women
palm reading at the piano bar ~
music stinging like salt from the sea.
We were spiraling ridges, dust-darlings
We were peonies ~ cut
and arranged like astronauts
in flight. We soaked in syllables
not water; rode the Southern
drawl of the wind
over cobalt glass ~
backlit by a disc of sun.
Susan Rich’s poetry has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, PEN USA, and The Times Literary Supplement. Her poems appear in the Antioch Review, Harvard Review, and The Southern Review. She is the author of Cures Include Travel and The Cartographer’s Tongue. Her collection The Alchemist’s Kitchen is forthcoming from White Pine Press in April 2010.