POETRY

April 6, 2014 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

 

 

 

Five talented Poets grace today’s pages:

Ilona Martonfi, AJ Huffman, Marija Makeska, Charles Bane Jr and Steve De France


 

RED LOTUS 

By

Ilona Martonfi


 


In the village of Liuyi

 


people of Han by the Jinsha River


Yunnan Province


  


Xiùlán, eldest daughter


of Zhou Ling


  


the memory of one Chinese bride


  


with hair tied up in tufts


 


rice-powder face paint


long cheongsam silk dress


 


three-inch golden lilies


(san-tsun-gin-lian)


  


walking on stilts


 


1000 years of an erotic tradition


 


embroidered brocade shoes


jade hairpins with glass pearls


  


cannot read or sign my name


wife and mother of sons


 


tightly bound with cloth


soaked in mulberry roots


  


like the hoofs of a goat


 


with a narrow cleft


 


four smaller toes


curled up into stumps


the arch broken

 

 

 

 

 

THE UNSALVAGEABLE

By

Ilona Martonfi

  

 

When autumn’s

  

last wild roses disappear

cut it back hard,

 

dig it out

 

because there is no next April

to look forward to —

bear the apple trees

the silences

sing plaints

words that kiss us

 

stitch together

unsalvageable

loneliness

 

the marriage

of a wife beater

 

four children

overseas family trips

 

white Olds

the mistress

on rue Saint André

 

the rental properties

 

the silences

red-orange rosehip

  

hibiscus

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Susan August 08, at 15:57

    I want to respond to your second poem, so exquisitely stark. The ravaging of the flowers, specific and beautiful, parallels the wreckage of a woman's life in a traditional role turned ugly.

    Reply
    • Susan August 08, at 16:00

      This comment is for Ilona Martonfi.

      Reply

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