22 Feb 12
Poetry In The Crypt
Cardinal Points Literary Magazine
Finnish North American Literature Association
Books From Finland
Hearing Eye / Torriano Meeting House
Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour
The Leonard Cohen Files
and in the shop…
“Finns and Amazons”
“Lines from Karelia”,
“Writing with Mercury”,
in anthology –
“Take Five 06”,
It was like leaving Eden for the hope of Eden,
this journey from new world to utopia.
And they had two sons: Cain and Abel.
Blood spilled on no man’s land
before the invention of borders.
And a daughter they never mentioned:
every family has one somewhere.
Ours kept changing names: that’s what women do.
Take their husband’s. Ours had more than one.
And a string of addresses ever since she left
her father’s island for a sister’s prairie,
a husband’s hotel and billiard room.
Buried him in foreign ground, broke away
with a new husband’s trunkful of costumes.
Packed her hobo’s suitcase with promises and slogans
that ended in sawdust, nowhere, in Karelia.