Sheila E. Murphy & K.S. Ernst #30 Garden left to itself Seeds tear open, bloom Bees and other insects join Sleepy buzz of monotony Birds sweeten the air above Love songs to one another How is spring so like summer Dance quietly arranges how we are Gathered near the river Just here apart from praise Taking in the life of breath Patches daylight with lamp feeling We forget all words all thoughts As night comes on As night lets go Becomes young light Again again #31 Instruments of peace everywhere Birds and wheels and light silvering Through trees their branches barely moving Near the yellow flowers Afternoon berries in a basket Nestled in the quiet Patterns emerge This mind seeking to blend With the rest of seasoned routine Lightness made whole with gentle fibers Softly this moment arrives Clear skies freed from speed As sunlight gentles its way To a lasting thing that also lifts Toward fading also a gift #32 Nothing ever was better than this The next to the last time I saw the stars The beginning was farther away The edges of atmosphere around each instance Of blooming and glow that changes Where we walk and breathe Where we bump against a spark of life It is keepable but I learn You cannot keep a thing You can only love it Permanently Time is a virtue Moss grows clouds move Crows flap through summer mountains The river passes by I love whatever I love In this way I listen to you do the same We can scream or whisper The message is the same We are forever Here and where We will beMuch of K.S. Ernst’s work is painted, collaged, or digital, and she uses three-dimensional letters to create freestanding sculptures. In addition to literary magazines her pieces are often exhibited in galleries and museums. Recent books include Drop Caps and Sequencing: (both from Xexoxial Editions) and The Last Vispo Anthology (Fantagraphics). Books with Sheila E. Murphy are Permutoria and Underscore (Luna Bisonte Prods) and 2 Juries + 2 Storeys = 4 Stories Toujours (Xexoxial Editions). Sites housing substantial collections of Ernst’s work are Ohio State University Avant Garde and Experimental Writing Collection; The Poetry Collection of the University Libraries, University at Buffalo; and Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Website: www.ksernst.com.
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