“Poetry into the night” Communion is a Chapbook by Nettie Farris, an American
teacher of the craft of writing, wife and mother. She has been published in the
anthologies, The Dark Woods I Cross: An Anthology of Contemporary Louisville
Women Poets and Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems.
A great long poem, introducing a new poetic form of one word lines, yet telling a story like a narrative, stereographic poetry. Perhaps borrowing from the pared in style of the Beat Poets, but with no rhyme, yet a certain rhythm. The theme of Communion is a love affair, the dance in sanskrit, perhaps a love affair of teenagers.
n and s look at the stars
s names the con- stellations
n tells stories from folk- lore
s recites a nursery rhyme
n imagines the Man in the Moon
n and s look at the stars
n and s look at the stars and the moon”
The pared in sensibility is enigmatic, each word is a very careful ouvere, like careful openings, looking for clues in a glass bowl.
n looks at s
s looks at n’s wine goblet
s looks at n
n looks at the table- cloth
n and s gaze into each other’s eyes
s makes himself invisible”
This is the first poem in a series, setting the stage for the love affair of n and s. Everything is fine until 6., why is s making himself invisible? is he hiding? why? is he afraid? does he know something she doesn’t? is he noncommittal? he is not fully there somehow, why?
n eats a peach
n pricks her finger on a thistle
n falls down a rab- bit hole
n reads Witt- gen- stein and Anaïs Nin
n touches a ripe peach
n touches the key of Middle C
n touches the pages of Jean Rhys
n touches s on his left cheek”
The poems titled Curiosity and Tactile Art imply that the girl, n is smitten and perhaps they have made love, “n touches the key of middle C”. And something is wrong, “n pricks her finger on a thistle” and “n falls down a rabbit hole”.
In the following poem, Observation, “n notices the slant of a shadow” etc. n is suffering. In
s and n play tic-tac-toe
s always wins
re- sent- ment slips in
s and n are not friends”
As if illustrating that the love affair is conflicted, s is not as interested in n as n is in s, presenting the psychological truism that the least interested love interest holds the power in the relationship. In the poems Etude, Indolence, Submersion, Focus, Wallflower, there is a game of time as n perhaps has other affairs but still dreams of s. In Willy Nilly, “n sends an incomprehensible message to s”. Flowing into a rather incomprehensible and cryptic ending. As if a warning, sometimes young people don’t know what they are doing in their first intimate relationships, either they don’t know themselves well enough or don’t understand the powerful emotional dynamic, or the rules of culture and/or Spirit/Karma rules. Perhaps underlining the importance of honesty, forgiveness and a personal honour code in love relationships set within the context of strong local and international Community, with the ease of information flow and influencing of opinions in the New Age Internet Era. A powerful read into the night, Communion by Nettie Farris.
Genre: Poetry, New Age, Women's Literature, Romance
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