August 22-28, 2011: Patrice M. Wilson and William Wright Harris

week of August 15-21, 2011

Patrice M. Wilson and William Wright Harris

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Patrice M. Wilson
pwilson@hpu.edu

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Patrice M Wilson’s poetry has been published by the Journal of New Jersey Poets, Nimrod, Barbaric Yawp, Hawai‘i Review, Hawai‘i Pacific Review, Byline, and Common Ground among others, and is forthcoming in Eclipse. She has three chapbooks by Finishing Line Press, On Neither Side (2009), When All Else Falters (2003) and A Different Current (2011). Her ancestors are African-American, Tsalagi (Cherokee), and Irish. She is an assistant professor of English at Hawai‘i Pacific University in Honolulu, where she has lived for a number of years.

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


Luck

When God with Satan
bet on Job, he must have
thought of Adam, how Job
came from him, how Job
could pile his gold high
as if in offering like Adam’s
son Cain and his smoke,
how futile these
sacrifices.

Let God with Satan go,
and we have a gravely
unlucky man, who would kvetch
and sit Kaddish, muttering
“You all would feel it the same
if it were you. “And then he’d
spit, turn in to his tent
to escape earthly ties

in whatever dreams could breathe
in that deep dark that breeds
both snakes and nightingales.
And in the morning he would appear
at his tent’s entrance, stroke his beard,
survey our faces and ask,
“Aren’t you glad serpents
Cannot fly?” And we would
all disperse, incredulous.



William Wright Harris
wharri15@utk.edu

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My poetry has appeared in many literary publications such as Ascent Aspirations, The Houston Literary Review, Write On!!! and Bread Crumb Scabs; appearing in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Thailand. I am a student of English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, and have been fortunate enough to study poetry in the workshop setting from Marilyn Kallet, Arthur Smith, Jessie Janeshek and Marcel Brouwers. Some of my largest influences are Jack Gilbert, E. E. Cummings, William Carlos Williams, Emily Dickenson, Pablo Neruda, Arthur Smith, Mina Loy, and Ezra Pound.

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

Honesty

Salvador Dali,
if I could only
create something
as beautiful as The Persistence of Memory.

Black ants marching
over an orange timepiece,
sprinkling disease- Death-
underneath.

Sad clocks, lamenting
existence- sagging
between
the edges of gravity and spirituality-
from a tree.

To depict myself as honestly
as you, with your face bent towards the dark deep.
All sleeping

under the cliffs of Catalonia.

ode to a greek salad

tomatoes red as achilles’ blood left in the land of ilion
kalamata olives deep as helen’s hair

cucumbers proud as pan then happily sliced
feta cheese white as the clouds in zeus’ beard

bell peppers greener than the gaze of hera
onions purple the cold lips of cassandra bent skyward

olive oil poured like ambrosia over
lettuce as crisp as the hips of gaia

held lovingly in your hand before
being thrust inside you

being needed
being loved

at once nourishing and pleasing
i envy you