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Barbara Crooker


Obsolescence

My mother's silver sifter:
turn the handle,
start the tumbler:

a spill of pollen. And
an anachronism in the age
of take-out and name brands

labeled homemade.
Who now cuts lard
into flour and salt with the blade

of a pastry knife? Hard
to believe in the crimp
between thumb and fore-

finger, fluting the rim.
Who kneads bread dough
then waits for yeast to begin

its miracle, growing
to double in size?
Who rescues potatoes,

carrots, onions, sighing
in the crisper, turns them into
soup or stew? Praise

those who turn scraps to new
quilts, hook wool into rugs,
crochet unraveled blue

yarn into blankets that hug
the bony shoulders of the homeless,
the discarded, the sidewalk's dregs.

Weight Training

and how can you train
the body to be the body?
Carrie Addington, "Waist Training"


How can I train this aging
body, with its baggage, the freight
load of dinners in France, plates
gleaming with sauce and cream, sauté
pans sizzling, a glass of rosé
at the start of the meal that's raised
to the setting sun. Breakfast: an array
of croissants in a basket, display
of confitures, especially les fraises
des bois, wild strawberries. I'm sedentary:
at my keyboard writing essays
or reading a roman à clef
cushioned in a chair. The days
when I ran before dawn, gone. Praise
be to my left knee; the right one says
"mercy" going down stairs. The pain in places
I never knew existed. Ahead, there's a station
and I'm slowly chugging towards it. No weight
training at the gym or miles on the exercycle can stay
this decline. In the passenger car, a conductor sways,
pushing his clicker, punching tickets: sprays
of confetti, little o's litter the aisles, ricochet.

Ogham

Ogham was a medieval alphabet for writing short messages and transcriptions, often written on wood. Each of the letters stands for a native Irish plant or tree.

Q is for apple, greeny of leaf

B is for birch tree, white in relief


L is for rowan, favored by thrushes

H is for hawthorn, planted by houses


M is for bramble, covered in thorns

D is for oak and its many acorns


G is for ivy, forever green

N is for ash, seeds of winged keys


Z is for blackthorn, its harvest of sloes

T is for holly, found in hedgerows


C is for hazel, its lambs tail catkins

S is for willow that sways in the wind


F is for fern that grows in deep woods

R is for elder, whose berries are food


I is for yew, hard wood that endures

O is for hillsides covered in furze


U is for heath, that bees mine for honey

Ng is for broom, that blooms where it's sunny


E is for aspen, that quakes in the breeze

A is for pine, with needles for leaves





































AUTHOR BIO

Barbara Crooker is a poetry editor for Italian-Americana, and author of nine full-length books of poetry, with Some Glad Morning coming out in the Pitt Poetry Series in 2019. Her awards include the WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships. Her work appears in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, including The Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Chariton Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Tar River Poetry Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Hollins Critic, The Denver Quarterly, Smartish Pace, Gargoyle, Christianity and Literature, The American Poetry Journal, Dogwood, Zone 3, Passages North, Nimrod, Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Nasty Women: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, and has been read on the ABC, the BBC, The Writer's Almanac, and featured on Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry.

POETRY CONTRIBUTORS

Barbara Crooker
Alexandra Donovan
Jehanne Dubrow
Kathleen Goldbach
Colleen S. Harris
Brittany Hill
Katherine Hoerth
Lynne Knight
Jean L. Kreiling
Angie Macri
Carolyn Martin
Kathleen McClung (Featured Poet)
Mary Mercier
Ann Michael
Leslie Schultz
Myrna Stone
Jean Syed
Ann Christine Tabaka
Sally Thomas
Doris Watts
Joyce Wilson
Marly Youmans

NEWS

The most recent addition to The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline is Phillis Wheatley by Kathryn Voorhees.

Kathleen McClung is the recipient of the 2019 Mezzo Cammin Scholarship to the Poetry by the Sea conference.

FEATURED ARTIST
Morgan O'Hara:LIVE TRANSMISSIONS render visible normally invisible or fleeting movement patterns through seismograph-like drawing done in real time. The pursuit of vitality carefully observed through human activity is drawn simultaneously with both hands and transmitted to paper. Following closely the intensity of each segment of an activity, the direction of the line as well as the quality of its intensity is transmitted. If a person makes a gentle movement, a delicate line is drawn. If the action followed is forceful or violent, a correspondingly vigorous line is made. This is done simultaneously and as much as possible without “thinking." The dialectic between observer and participant, control versus relaxed participation coalesce to form the conceptual base for LIVE TRANSMISSIONS. Scale and physical limitations are determined by real-life expediency. In 2018 there exist approximately 4000 LIVE TRANSMISSION drawings done both privately and publicly on five continents. LIVE TRANSMISSIONS communicate beyond the specificity of language.

HANDWRITING THE CONSTITUTION is a social art practice which O’Hara began in January 2017. It is a process by which people come together for a specific time period to handwrite the Constitution. This practice encourages a quiet, introspective process, a form of activism for introverts. As people copy out texts which guarantee freedom and human rights, a strong sense of community is silently created. www.handwritingtheconstitution.com

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