from L O R E
Instress Press, 1998
The press Instress was edited by Leonard Brink, who also edited a journal called Inscape. I very much admired the writers he published including Keith Waldrop and Elizabeth Robinson. Leonard was the first editor who encouraged me to include my collage work on the cover of the book L O R E, which was published in 1988. He also published another chapbook of mine titled Clepsydra in 1999. Leonard was a terrific and careful reader of my work and I’m grateful for the time and care he dedicated to publishing poetry.
L O R E
The rose-lipt girls are sleepless
in fields where rosefish fade.
Clove numbs the staircase, biting the tongue as if a rag, proceeding down, and reaching the floor as a plank.
I walk a long while in premonition, sit by the bedside of water, worry into later calm, climb into a river and move upon the banks. Stones spoke back to feet and in this way I was carried, with the wetted bottom of white frock pulled up at the sides like wings. A new form of balance which revealed perfoliate limbs.
According to the legible, she hung-up for nine neighbors on the trellis of lifeboats, wounded by her own blanketflower, tormented by a huntress, thistles, and a pair of compasses, unaided and alone, until, before she fell, she spied the running knot, and with a last tremendous effusion, seized it.
A leave has taken the book
Yielding in trust to gravity, on the bole of trees
A foe unscathed had borrowed leechcraft
By suspension of searchlight, they remained
Arrowood is not the only diving root hurdled from trefoil.
All three of the story petrel represent an initiatory procession, a proclivity involving some sort of burl, followed by a leave-taking of the bodycount, and return of the bog.
Laynie Browne is the author of nine full-length collections of poetry and two novels. Her most recent books are The Ivory Hour, a novel and Roseate, Points of Gold, a collection of poems. A collection of poems, Lost Parkour Ps(alms) is forthcoming in French and English editions from Universite de Rouen in 2014. She is co-editor of I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues, 2012).