PoetryIssue 20 | May 2014

Transcendental Nocturne

by Colin Honnor

I cannot remember, memory
and, memory of a dream I once had
seems to be the yew thickened sky, mallard winter swallows photon shower imprinted on
whitewashed cloisters, their clerestory of light, in a dream where you, visitor
became the orange and dun hornet looking for admittance,
diving to be let into the fest.
So let me look at you then, you are not
the same as when breath was young and the song
became the dream
engraves the grave faced decays of bodies where brutal white-gloved that moon and silver lake milks itself drinking back life to nourish
Autumn seethes in lice of fallen logs
and the starlings shutter the white wall
with their engravings of cirrus
the wasp nests’ paper lanterns glow in the outhouse
where bindweed and dead man’s fingers supplicate.
At dawn on the lake geese are torpid
Under a light screed
a beetle hammer, rusted wedge, split logs
Scarred walls, burnt beams
under this tree shoemaker farrier invented by links and rings joining this
a psyche of air-blue and sunset’s cinnamon
awakes the dream, of another place
sunset on stones warmed by a breath of sospiro.

About the author

Colin Honnor runs a fine arts press in the Cotswalds and is a widely published poet both in print and online. A former editor of Poetry and Audience, you can find his work in places such as Agenda, Envoi, Orbis,The Rialto, and The Wolf.

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Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

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Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok