Sunday, July 10, 2011

Habiliments of Angels

There's something about scary...poetry! If you want to read some, here's "Friar Laurence's Last Confession" by Donna Vorreyer in the new issue of Borderline (which is really on the borderline!). Since I just saw Romeo and Juliet again, at the outdoor Illinois Shakespeare Festival, specific images were in my mind of Juliet in the tomb...and then knocked loose by Donna's poem!

Also just up is the new issue of Right Hand Pointing, the Habiliments of Angels issue #42, taking its subtitle this time from Corey Mesler's poem, "Max's Sleep," a lovely, scary elegy.  At RHP, you can always see more by clicking "Next," via the little pointing hand, or finding your way to various starting points.

I have two poems in this issue, too: "Paperless Cuts," about having to be a witness who cannot help except through empathy and moral support (as angels sometimes are, as in the film Wings of Desire) and "Happens to the Best of Us," which also has some helpless empathy in it.

Now that RHP editor Dale Wisely has put it in the Habiliments of Angels issue, this poem has turned around for me, and I see the good woman as an accidental angel for the city, after all!

Angel via Art Propelled, wonderful artist blog!

10 comments:

Collagemama said...

Oh, lordy. There's my life, just keeping the city from being sued.

Maureen said...

Congratulations on your two poems.

Donna's poem is something else! I've recently begun following her blog and enjoy her posts and prompts.

DJ Vorreyer said...

Thank you for the mention! I don't know what in the world made me write that twisted poem, but I love it.

I really loved your two pieces in RHP - so happy to share space with such a wonderful writer.

The Iowa River is rolling past my hotel window - going to go write now!

Kathleen said...

Thanks, all. Donna is in the new RHP, too, by the way, a grand day of online publishing for her!

Happy times in Iowa, Donna!

Peg said...

Catching up. Checked out the links. Enjoyed. Also read the Hudson 175 entry. Great recreation of the parade and the atmosphere.

Nancy Devine said...

i hold friar laurence responsible for juliet's death every time my students and i read the play together.

Kathleen said...

So this confirms it! And, ickily, more....

seana said...

Kuh-reepy. But a fine poem, all the same.

Sandy Longhorn said...

A day late, but wanted to say that I really enjoyed the poems, esp. "Paperless Cuts." Too true.

Kathleen said...

Thanks, Sandy! I'm a day late, too, not having posted yet on Blue Monday. Best wishes on your upcoming reading!

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