Marcia Arrieta

Four collages & seven poems

observations of a pencil

the glass in the garden the years in paintings the owl in the forest the key in the desk
laundry & collage the cradle in the garage the shoes by the river the books by the bed

I am looking to retreat

I wake up in a translation     the symphony is a novel I will never compose

everything is at risk    storms exist   the typewriter is a tree   the cricket a canto

the umbra

scarcely an interrogatory the zinnia & quail
to qualify the moderate in upheaval the ghost tree speaks
to the garden sculpture & the path opens to the mountains


crushed flowers   the serenity prayer   unplanned journeys—Yeats, Joyce, Proust—
cartography of the imagination         stars        ancient woods

loosely woven

perilune:   the point in the path of a body orbiting the moon
                that is nearest to the center of the moon

a hedgehog reads

the dog protects the chess pieces

eagle bison sunflower

the island in summer    identity the earth & sky & water    intensified the word & mind
restless syllable    the shire     the rhythm beyond resignation


“Read seeds, not twigs.”
—Ezra Pound

the bird in the spiral

the muse in time

Marcia Arrieta's work appears in Empty Mirror, Local Nomad, Daphne, Parentheses, DASH, Osiris, Marsh Hawk, MORIA, Epigraph, Word For/Word, and Eratio. She has two poetry collections: archipelago counterpoint (BlazeVOX) and triskelion, tiger moth, tangram, thyme (Otoliths), and her chapbook thimbles, threads is recently published by Dancing Girl Press. She edits and publishes Indefinite Space, a poetry/art journal.
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