Jenne' Andrews is an American poet. She has three published chapbooks including the recent Blackbirds Dance in the Empire of Love, Finishing Line Press 2013.

A full-length collection, Reunion, Lynx House Press, was published in 1983; after a long hiatus to raise Golden Retrievers in Colorado, recent work has appeared in The Passionate Transitory, Belletrist Coterie, The Adirondack Review and Vox Populi, a journal of culture, politics and poetry published and edited by the august Michael Simms.

A bilingual collection of "Italiana," Bocca, Voce, Delirio, with translations by Lorenzo Luciani, will be released by Finishing Line at the end of 2016 and her latest collection, And Now, the Road, a finalist for the Autumn House prize in 2014, will be released by Salmon Poetry Ltd, Ireland, a highly regarded international house, Jessie Lendennie, Publisher, circa 2017.

Andrews holds the MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Colorado State University, is a literary fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, and was full-time Poet in Residence for the St. Paul Schools from '74-78. She lived in St. Paul from 1971-78 during the first wave of the Twin Cities literary renaissance, and spent the summer of 1973 in Reggio Calabria, Italy.

The poet lives in northern Colorado's Poudre River Valley with her husband, fiction writer Jack Brooks; the couple has recently imported two British Golden Retrievers and expects a litter in June-- see the Ardorgold website for details. Contact: jenneandrews2010@gmail.com .

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

For One Shot Wednesday

Winter Will

Winter wants it all,
Loves both flesh and stone
Loves best, with ice
In twilit mist
To encase a praying
Climber’s hands
To gently bind
Her thinnest bones.

Winter loves the renegade
Who with flying hair ascends
Everest against all behest
Of fear itself,
All enjoining friends:

In spring they’ll find the mountain’s Christs
The martyrs of failed will
Who were compelled to climb,
Fell, were buried
And kissed to death by snow.

Here prairie birds cloister
In tallest trees,
Dark grace notes on a parchment score
Storm warnings on the screen—
Katie bar the door

While you drink arctic air
The dogs nose their flanks
In storm-loving sleep—
Bed them down with all due care

Prepare yourself a home
Within the breaking cage
Of your human bones
Where you may see how quickly
White cells divide
In the red blood’s tide
For winter loves it all,
Writes an endless poem
And robs you blind
In the ice-cast estuaries
Of your dreams.

 copyright 2010 Jenne' R. Andrews
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dustus said...

Enjoyed your poem, especially the inclusion of martyrs and the division of blood cells—interesting imagery throughout. Thanks for introduction to your poetry. Cheers

jen revved said...

thanks, dustus...xxj

Claudia said...

some great imagery in there...kissed to death by snow..drinking arctic air

really enjoyed your winter poem!

One Stop - The Place For Poets, Writers and Artists said...

the opening stanza was a very strong, well written start to this good poem...thanks for sharing with osw...pete

jen revved said...

Thanks, Pete-- sorry I was low about challenge and thanks for stopping by! xj

One Stop - The Place For Poets, Writers and Artists said...

Love the dismal picture you paint about the winter and her victims.

Sorry this week has been a low response - when I initially went to your site, off your comment through blogspot, I got to an active but empty blog. A few others may have ended there as well

Hope all is well


Weston D Fosdeck said...

Damn and damn

Shashi said...

Dear Jen
I liked it.. its a great shot... Loved your words specially the last lines.. thanks for sharing..

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Steve said...

Tight n' true to its theme work. Excellent.

Anonymous said...

It is interesting how different words and phrases hit different people...mine is:

Dark grace notes on a parchment score
Storm warnings on the screen—
Katie bar the door

I always enjoy your imagery and the overall appearance of your blog...Thanks for sharing

Shashi said...

Its great to visit this again one through one shot Wednesday ...

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya
Twitter: @VerseEveryDay
Blog: http://shadowdancingwithmind.blogspot.com