by Amee Nassrene Broumand

 

I invited poet and artist stephanie roberts — who has poems on Burning House Press and in The Arsonist Magazine — to trade lines of poetry with me. I’d never collaborated with another poet before, so the experience was something of a leap into the unknown. We began emailing poem shreds back and forth. The days flowed by, as did the weeks; the lines formed and shifted. Soon, a poem emerged —

 

(α)  ANB:

Lacewings quake in the crepitation of thistles

& reeds. Crickets creak wintled heartbeats dry.

 

(β)  stephanie roberts:

It would have been perfect, the river remapped boundary;

the embryonic recreates in its image.

 

(γ)  ANB:

Eggs nestle in the dunes, sea-hearted & yearning. Beyond

the delta, a beryl moon traces her map, Byronic heats

abandoned.

 

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outrigger by stephanie roberts     8 x 6 inches, acrylic on canvas board     2015

 

 

(δ)  stephanie roberts:

Amid a quiver of segmented leg and rush the climber seeks

foothold in a night that keeps shifting in flavour.

 

(ε)  ANB:

Silk ripples forth upon the midsummer hillside. Above,

an ichthyosaur leaps free from bands of mottled stone.

 

(ζ)  stephanie roberts:

Rests whistles as a pellet under a dove’s breath. Sedimentary,

binding and unbound. Yet course change wans irrepressible

and shudder wells an important resource for the desperate.

 

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after the rain by stephanie roberts     16 x 20 inches, oil on canvas     2014 

 

 

A Conversation

— (γ) (β) (α) (δ) (ε) (ζ) —   

 

 

Eggs nestle in the dunes, sea-hearted & yearning. Beyond

the delta, a beryl moon traces her map, Byronic heats abandoned.

 

It would have been perfect, the river remapped boundary;

the embryonic recreates in its image.

 

Lacewings quake in the crepitation of thistles & reeds.

Crickets creak wintled heartbeats dry.

 

Amid a quiver of segmented leg and rush the climber seeks

foothold in a night that keeps shifting in flavour.

 

Silk ripples forth upon the midsummer hillside. Above,

an ichthyosaur leaps free from bands of mottled stone.

 

Rests whistles as a pellet under a dove’s breath. Sedimentary,

binding and unbound. Yet course change wans irrepressible—

shudders well, an important resource for the desperate.

 

— stephanie roberts & Amee Nassrene Broumand

 

 

 

 

stephanie roberts author poet

 

This year, stephanie roberts has work featured or forthcoming in almost two dozen journals including The Stockholm Review of Literature, Reunion: The Dallas Review, The Arsonist Magazine, Shooter Literary Magazine, The Acentos Review, Room, Rat’s Ass Review and Writers Resist. She lives in a wee town, just outside of Montréal, and counts among her strengths passionate curiosity and good humour. Twitter @ringtales.

Amee Nassrene Broumand is an Iranian-American poet. Her work can be found in Word RiotSundog LitA-Minor MagazineRivetModern Haiku, & elsewhere. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon & blogs for Burning House Press. Follow her on Twitter.

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