NOTE ON A NOTE

…found tucked in a poetry book from the university library:

Lesson Plan 6th Period 3/19/97

Resource Review–presentation

Joan of arc poem

What I used it for

reinforcement of Joan’s death

discussion–additive

poem looks at
feelings
burning
“smoke does not finish anything”

very feminist

lots of student like it, some hated it, some kept it, some threw it out

The poem you ask (I know you want to know) is by Cathy Ford and comes from Saffron, Rose & Flame: the joan of arc poems.

this morning
in the shade

the eye of the heart
sees itself

oil sulphur & charcoal
cry out for water

the hands are bound
the heart embraces its cross
pulsed like an artery
in a handful of dust

silence has been stunned by the heat
nothing is a quiet as ash
as it is white
as it is to be raked aside

everything exposed

the sun that can’t be seen
sends light sends shadow
reading nothing in the sky but conviction,
meaningless wild birds

bank breaking across the sky
an epiphany of translation
crows impossible to understand

yet the ordinary is remarkable. Acceptance.
A young woman who doesn’t want to die

is screaming, screaming.
No one else will hear. Crying.
If only the immaculate could be
understood
the conception, the reason, then

there is fire

there is water

there is a lot of time
dying

smoke does not finish
anything

A COUPLE OF THINGS

…some recent emails have produced a few upcoming launches (I intend to attend them all):

Penguin Group (Canada)
and Book and Brier invite you to
celebrate the launch of
Ibi Kaslik’s
The Angel Riots
Sunday, April 20, 2008
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
The Crushed Grape
Wine & Food Bar
2118 Robinson Street


Brenda Schmidt will present poetry from Cantos from Wolverine Creek and Judith Krause will read excerpts from Mongrel Love. Two authors, two impressive new books of poetry.

Regina Launch at the Exchange, 2431 8th Ave., Regina, on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments, cash bar and door prizes (I like the part about the prizes).


MY HUMAN COMEDY
A book launch for
GERALD HILL’s
new poetry collection
from Coteau Books.

Thursday, April 17, 5:00- 7:00pm
Le Bistro, 3850 Hillsdale Avenue
cash bar • Short readings every 20 minutes
books for sale • book signing
Admission is FREE and all are welcome!
For more information please visit: http://www.coteaubooks.com