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 10, 2010

Trying this out on followers and for One Shot....

(When you have time...hah...please stop by my primary blog, Loquaciously Yours....thanks.  Poem follows...)

Et sic clamor inter olores...

(“And thus, a cry among swans…”)

I know now why some women
stand under magnolias at dusk
Laughter like a brook over stones,
shaking their heads ruefully,
Swiveling their hips and signifying;

Oh yes, I know because of how it was
a few midnights ago, at two and at three
Deep love, panther love in the dark, spring rut
of two in their prime
Being cleft like prime rib by a veteran carver,
Going at it lust and love hard
Knocking loose tears and laughter
Everything a mess, laundry to do:

I know why one of the sisters is crying and the others
Are teasing her back from her sadness—
Because Jimmy was there and took her from behind
Until sunrise, leaving her speechless, love-wet,
And then she saw him drive by later that day, damn
spring-loaded black man
In a low rider, with another girl, down the dusty road.

Hmmm hmmm, and those songs:  “Stand by Me,”
And “I’ve Got You Under My Skin….”. 
I dance to salsa at twilight, toasting
Him, sad for the brevity,  that I had to cut it off--
Let go now of someone loving on me like an angel,
An Otello, dark, furtive, devouring—

Ruthlessly good at the gotcha, smooth as glass
at speeding away--
Bringing the moon right into me,
When I merely said now,
And yes.


moondustwriter said...

A great piece of reality - how many women have experienced that scenario?
well painted my friend

thanks for sharing with One Shot

Moon smiles

Maureen said...

Vividly visual images so well sustained throughout. . . and beautifully brought to a close.

Anonymous said...

Powerful is an understatement. Great close.

wanderer said...

a tale spoken in verse...touching and vivid...

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Anonymous said...

A moving account of betrayal, the more powerful for its spare imagery and use of conversational language. Very striking.

Eric Alder said...

This is a lovely piece, Jen.

I loved the line "Laughter like a brook over stones" - how perfect!

A very nice One Shot!

P.S. Happy birthday!
(Mine was the 3rd)

Claudia said...

amazing write jen - really liked this...and now i'm singing "stand by me" and can't get it out of my head and off my lips...
nice to meet you!

jen revved said...

thanks to everyone who stopped by-- i'm making my way to you! Jenne'

Shashi said...

Dear Jen
You have written this one perfectly.. I enjoyed it. Thanks

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Timoteo said...

You've won me over with this one...and now I shall follow...