I always tell my creative writing students: “Detail, Detail!” And in this featured poem by Joanne DeSimone Reynolds she evokes a scene–a place in time, with lush and evocative detail.
Joanne DeSimone Reynolds lives in the Boston area. She is currently working on a chapbook, “Comes A Blossom.” She earned her degree in English Literature from Boston University and studied poetry with Nadia Colburn at Lesley University. She is a member of Tom Daley’s poetry workshop in Cambridge. Joanne is a Bagel Bard and a member of the Concord Poetry Center. Her poems have appeared in Ibbetson Street Press, Wilderness House Review, and the LBJ Avian Bird Literary Journal. Joanne’s poem, “Chihuly,” is contained in Dale Chihuly’s personal archive. Her work will appear in a forthcoming issue of Salamander Magazine.
SISTERS & SISTERS
Sunshine slices like a sterling cake knife into the lake
this, the latter-born time of the nubile day
Under the dock we hover like a bloom of sea jellies
wait out the fogies coupling
as they climb the sandy pine-root stair
to tip wine, gin martinis
We turn gelatinous under the cool rippling as we
uncouple from our swimsuits leaving them
to drool upon the long stiff dock
—Gliding away, sluiced by green-gold light, we are
deep among green-gold bosom-boulders
the bells of our silken heads, all propulsion
Loose as tentacles, we take in mouthfuls
saltless, and blow
until all around us is champagne fizz
Groomed by liquid beams, we peer with owl eyes
no vows needed here
– Joanne DeSimone Reynolds
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