December 5-11, 2011: Alex Stolis and Lowell Jaeger


week of December 5-11, 2011

Alex Stolis and Lowell Jaeger




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Alex Stolis
alex.stolis95@gmail.com

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Alex Stolis Lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The following work is Copyright © 2011, and owned by Alex Stolis and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


Kate Moss wants to bring bees back to life

She watches an orchid, white and purple;
yellow at its lip, as a bee drawn

by its scent, drinks deeply.

Watches as limbs, painted yellow,
float into an abandoned sky;

speeds up time to match
the flutter and flash of wings.

Kate Moss flies first class to Paris

She likes the colors.
Likes that they’re with clouds.

And come from rain.
The wind is pure of eye and graceful.

Thunder arrives on schedule.

The earth is illuminated and hungry.
She feels a chill;

wonders if she is real.

Kate Moss takes to the sea

There is space. So much space.
It is suffocating.

Light pressure, not the stifling wall
of drowning in a shallow pool.

The sky bleeds:

from the clouds
from the wind
the rain a crimson curtain.

The sun is a bright white shark in a tar black sea.
The moon remains

simply the moon.
Sinking upward,
a cliché whose value has been spent.





Lowell Jaeger
ljaegermontana@gmail.com

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As founding editor of Many Voices Press, Lowell Jaeger compiled Poems Across the Big Sky, an anthology of Montana poets, and New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from 11 Western states. His third collection of poems, Suddenly Out of a Long Sleep (Arctos Press) was published in 2009 and was a finalist for the Paterson Award. His fourth collection, WE, (Main Street Rag Press) was published in 2010. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council and winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize. Most recently Jaeger was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting thoughtful civic discourse.

The following work is Copyright © 2011, and owned by Lowell Jaeger and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


Birthday Wish

I wanted a “glob”
which I figure
—handful of decades after—
was the world prior
to the invention of the silent “e”
 
in which I could gallop
a “hors” apparently
or fly a “plan.”
 
The list unearthed
in a box of mementos
Mom and Pop had shelved.
 
I’d enthusiastically penciled in
a row of hearts and stars.
Scrawled my name.
 
And the word “luv.”