the beauty beyond
I too tire of the blonde trance
parapets and horse-drawn paths
upon which our story’s cast
of flat characters flee to wedded ends
Imagination travels further: it must
devour cliché as a desert creature
perhaps a jackal-headed Beast
guards a blue lotus and not the rose
This selection comes from the poetry chapbook That Sister by Sarah E. Colona, which is available to purchase here from Dancing Girl Press.
Sarah E. Colona lives and teaches in her home state of New Jersey. She is the author of three poetry collections: Hibernaculum (Gold Wake Press, 2013), Thimbles (dancing girl press, 2012) and That Sister, (dancing girl press, 2016). Sarah is a graduate of George Mason University’s MFA program. Recent poems appear in The New Verse News.
Jennie Frost is a Jewish, Appalachian poet from Maryville, TN. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Anomaly, Kudzu, Glass Mountain, Sink Hollow, Indicia, Mochila, Stirring, and Political Punch, an anthology on the politics of identity from Sundress Publications. She is a three-time winner of the Curtis Owens prize and beginning in January, she will serve as the Writer in Residence at the Sundress Academy for the Arts.