January 15, 2015

The Jazz Harpist Considers a New Album by Marianne Szlyk

Dust settles on the silk flowers
fading in the endless summer
of asphalt and subcompact cars,
of weedy palms and blindingly
white bungalows.
These flowers remind her of
when things were less hopeful
in this California
that no one dreams of. 
A friend’s new LP plays.
He blooms in winter,
a saxophonist, a crimson orchid
in the time of black ice,
spiky branches, hard falls
up North, back East. 
She herself may not live 
until that season,
so she chooses to flower
now.


Marianne Szlyk is a professor of English at Montgomery College as well as an associate poetry editor at the Potomac Review.  She recently published her first chapbook, Listening to Electric Cambodia, Looking Up at Trees of Heaven, at Kind of a Hurricane Press:  http://barometricpressures.blogspot.com/2014/10/listening-to-electric-cambodia-looking.html. Her poem "Walking Past Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Winter" has been nominated for the 2014 Best of the Net.   Individual poems have appeared in print and online, most recently in Poppy Road Review, bird's thumb, The Flutter Journal, Of/with, Whispers, The Blue Hour Literary Anthology Volume 3, Walking is Still Honest, and Literature Today as well as Kind of a Hurricane's anthologies, most recently Switch (the Difference).  She edits a poetry blog-zine at http://thesongis.blogspot.com/  and hopes that you will consider submitting a poem there or voting in one of its contests.

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