Dedicated to Lucia Perillo, winner of numerous awards for her poetry including the prestigious $500,000 MacArthur award for her collection "The Oldest Map with the Name America".

Between Body and Word ( for Lucia)

She came down from Mt. Rainier
wearing khaki park ranger's garb,
a female Moses descending Sinai,
clutching a leather chapbook,
survival notes for a "Dangerous Life".
Nightingales were songbirds for the grief,
as MS stole in like Frisco fog,
unnoticed by a comet-blinded public.
And when the awards came,
strokes of jackpot luck,
acquired enthusiasms soon were
dropped in excruciating back spasms.
She touted poetry as civic-glue,
paste for a populist purpose.
Olympia's oracle rarely leaves the house,
curtains drawn, newspapers unread,
writing feverishly, as "The Body Mutinies".

Poetry by Brian Oarr
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Written on 2009-06-30 at 04:40

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