Poem with Cloud and Tangerine
What falls immediately falls without ceremony.
Orange, a navigable lake spilling over
all of its shores. Meantime: gray and white levitate.
There was a door that opened to my heart
and when it opened, a small ocean stayed put.
Your mouth, too, refused movement,
but your eyes make words. Rehearse, deliberately,
the story of your past. There’s a curtain and a cur.
Place a finger to the lips of the dead, then listen.
Keyholes sing cloud-songs. Your life is one of them.
Jennifer Moore is the author of The Veronica Maneuver (University of Akron Press, 2015) and a forthcoming chapbook, Imaginary Weather (Hermeneutic Chaos, 2017). Her poems have appeared in DIAGRAM, Best New Poets, American Letters & Commentary, The Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Ohio Northern University and lives in Bowling Green, Ohio.
S. Billie Mandle is a photographer whose work looks at subjectivity and the built environment. Some of her recent projects have explored church confessionals, Emily Dickinson’s bedroom, and convent walls. She received her B.A. in biology from Williams College and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is the recipient of a Whiting Fellowship, an Individual Artist Grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council, and an Artist Fellowship in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her photographs have been featured in Aperture and Cabinet, among others, and her work was nominated for the Prix Pictet and the Paul Huf award. She is an assistant professor at Hampshire College and lives in Western Massachusetts.