The nature of the muse
is blunt arousal
where pain hits
old fan and there
is a memorable mess
that traps poets
in its incumbancy.
Sucking eggs like
infants do nipples--
where spit milk shines
with a glory respected
but never owned.
semen on wrinkled
on a clothesline
north and south
and east and west.
Direction is an arrow
that won't stay still.
in ways all those
zeros can't undo.
An erection of art
checking their lungs
for fluid and their
hearts for peace.
A puzzle to build.
Janet I. Buck
Janet I. Buck teaches writing and literature at the college level. Her poetry
and poetics have appeared in The Melic Review, The Pittsburgh Quarterly,
Kimera, 2River View, Tintern Abbey, Southern Ocean Review, The Horsethief's
Journal and hundreds of journals world-wide. In 1998 and 1999, she has
received numerous creative writing awards and been a featured poet for Seeker
Magazine, Poetry Today Online, Vortex, Conspire,Poetry Cafe, Dead Letters,
the storyteller, Poetry Heaven, Athens City Times, Poetik License, 3:00 AM
e-zine, Poetry Super Highway, and Carved in Sand. Her poem "Mistaking Snow
for Sugar Bowls" recently took 1st place in a contest sponsored by Orpheus
Fiction and Poetry Cafe. On December 1st, Newton's Baby Press will release
Buck's first print collection entitled Calamity's Quilt. Janet is one of ten
artists to be featured at the "One Heart, One World" Exhibit at the United
Nations Exhibit Hall in New York City in April, 2000. The tour will travel
to France, Australia, Vietnam and Japan.