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Stirring by Carolyn Martin

24 Dec 2017, Posted by JL Jacobs in Poetry

Art: Tanja Babić, @tanjaabstractart

STIRRING

 1.
Juncos stagger through 
sun-swirling firs, praise 
the revival of day. 
2. 
The alarm commands,
Out of bed!
Curiosity waits. 
3.
Headlines disquiet.
Not even a mouse 
expects peace on earth.
4. 
Music hops the fence 
from the neighbor’s yard. 
My coffee’s hot. Who cares? 
5. 
Recipes demand beat, 
mix, blend, fold, whip, whisk.
Soufflés require nuances. 
6.  
The oiled wok: broccoli, 
bak choy, onion, ginger, 
carrots collaborate. 
7.
Obsession agitates,      
ends with a swizzle stick      
in frosted glass.
8.
Hullabaloos fire up
compatible compatriots:
-crazy, –able, -up, -about.
9.
Circles motivate
imagination and memory
to a firm consistency.
10.
A sign provokes:
Give me ambiguity
or something else.

About the author:

From Assistant Professor of English to management trainer to retiree, Carolyn Martin has journeyed from New Jersey to Oregon to discover Douglas firs, months of rain, and dry summers. Her poems and book reviews have appeared in publications throughout North America and the UK, and her third poetry collection, Thin Places, was released by Kelsay Books in Summer 2017.

Art: Tanja Babić, @tanjaabstractart

In the artist’s words:

Tanja Babić is an artist born in 1978, in Belgrade, Serbia. She went to Study at the University of Belgrade, where she was awarded a MA in Fine Art in 2006 at the class of professor Zoran Vuković. Since 2004, she has been an active member of the association of fine artists of Serbia/ULUS. She has exhibited at numerous solo and  group exhibitions and art festivals in Serbia and worldwide.
She has several galleries representing her work, located in Belgrade and London. She most recently was commissioned in September 2017 to paint 2 large paintings that are now in Nice, France. All of her work is oil on canvas or drawings in mixed media. She has paintings for sale on the internet at https://www.siottgallery.com/gallery-tanja-babic and http://www.beoart-liveart.com/en-tanja-babic.html and http://www.saatchiart.com/tanja.babic.
Art Feature: Karen Nielsen
Imperative by Alison Prine
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  • gareth culshaw

    marvellous poem. music hops the fence. what a line C Martyn…

    Reply
    • Carolyn Martin

      Thanks, Gareth! I appreciate your close reading and astute ear!

      Reply

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