Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Poetry, Lilies, Owls
Bill Brown, who appeared on the blog last spring, has a new collection of poems, Late Winter, out from Iris Press. I love Bill's work, and some of these poems are just fantastic. You can read my review of the book at the Scene's website, and here's a bit of one poem on a topic dear to my heart:
I have always been late for lilies
that pretend to bloom for a week,
and when my attention wanes,
I find them spoiled by fullness.
It's not that I envy bumblebees
that catch unfurling blossoms
and smother their legs in orange.
I am ripe for perfection: alabaster
smooth and unstained; star gazers,
the rival of orchids; reds deep
and soft as pinot noir. This
morning a gentle rain whispers
to my garden where lilies wait. ...
By Bill Brown, from Late Winter, Iris Press, 2008.
In other news ...
I saw a gorgeous pair of Great Horned owls this morning, flying together through the trees. I often hear them talking to each other, but I've never seen a couple out at play before. Pretty soon there'll be owl chicks to watch--without a doubt the cutest babies in the bird world. Can't wait. Meantime, you can see and hear some GH owls over at the Owl Pages.
Owl photo from Wikipedia.