Memento Mori: Poetry and Art , Edition: 1st by Cheryl Snell

By Cheryl Snell

Lyric narrative poetry with expressionistic artwork from the award-winning Snell sisters."This isn't poetry purely to beguile the imagination;"says author Rosy Cole. "it is adventure by way of very important proxy, filled with pulse and texture and radiance."

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There’s a Starbuck’s on the corner where we once sold lemonade, our homemade sign coming apart in an attic somewhere. We sift through the rubble for the precious thing we lost when the future rolled into town on a bulldozer. It plowed into our plans, burying them under stories of glass and brick but nothing much changed. Look at the way we connect now, all scribbled skin and logistics. We still lift our heads 25 when a foreman’s whistle blows, but slowly, without expectation. We stand close, on the verge of moving, held back by the strong-arm of routine.

We stand close, on the verge of moving, held back by the strong-arm of routine. Last week another crew packed up and headed out. We followed for a few steps,but it gets dark early now and it’s easy to get lost on a map redrawn in our sleep.

It’s about radiance. 21 Tautology of Blue We are Here. There looks better, though it could be a trick; illusion, bad camera angles. We won’t lose a thing by going There. Here fits into There, a matrouska of defunct eyes and ears. The move Thither to Yon implies a stretch of homelessness. Against the horizon, words spread out like a migration of wings on rivers reflecting mountains. We’d never have gone if we’d known we’d end up where we started. 22 Hindsight The thing about it is its size. It’s smaller, and your sister is there on the other side of the screen, waiting to be told goodbye.

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