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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 .

Monday, January 17, 2011

Challenge Du Jour-- In my case modified Villanelle...



 Poppy-- Georgia O'Keeffe-- reprinted per net fair use laws.



Ode to the Mound of Venus

I have found my sacred flower
Is that not the tumescent aching of her heart
She undoes me with her shameless power

She undoes me with her untamed power
She pulses, moistens, plays a burning part
O taste and see this brazen flower

I knew little of my hungry bel fior
I had no blueprint for the art
Now I have found a secret pleasure for les heures.

I have found a secret pleasure for the hours
Touching her,  ecstatic waters part
O marvel at my brazen flower.

I adore my honeyed bel fior
She blooms by swelling in the dark
I break a sweat from her bien sur, 
The red wet slaking of her heart.

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Alternative version below, closer to a classic villanelle--?

(A1, b, A2
a, b, A1
a, b, A2
a, b, A1
a, b, A2
a, b, A1, A2…:)



Ode to the Mound of Venus  ii

 I have found my sacred flower
Is that not the tumescent aching of her heart?
She undoes me with her shameless power.

I have found a secret pleasure for the hours
She pulses, moistens, plays a burning part
I have found my sacred flower.

The poppy’s taste is  sweet and sour
I had no blueprint for the art
She undoes me with her shameless power.

She torments me in my untamed hours
She pulses, moistens, quivers like a hart
I have found my sacred flower

She tickles me pink within her bower
Touching her, ecstatic waters part
She undoes me with her shameless power

There’s no time to spruce up in the shower
She blooms by swelling in the dark
I have found my sacred flower
She stuns me with her shameless power. 


 Aaaaaargh!
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copyright Jenne' R. Andrews 2011
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copyright Jenne' R. Andrews 2011
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6 comments:

dustus said...

An outstanding poetic match to Georgia O'Keeffe's work. Sensual write that expresses great passion and admiration for the subject.

jen revved said...

Thanks Adam-- I still don't think I actually wrote a villanelle-- oh well. Now I can't stop rhyming: a pox upon thee. thanks for the fun. xxxxj

Claudia said...

it's beautiful jen - you got a bit mixed up with the form though...if you want it strictly villanelle, then
"I have found my sacred flower" would be A1 and
"She undoes me with her shameless power" would be A2 with the structure like below. maybe wanna give it a second try?

Example:

A1 - I have found my sacred flower
b - Is that not the tumescent aching of her heart
A2 - She undoes me with her shameless power

a - I have found a secret pleasure for the hours
b - She pulses, moistens, plays a burning part
A1 - I have found my sacred flower

..and so on..

A1-b-A2
a-b-A1
a-b-A2
a-b-A1
a-b-A2
a-b-A1-A2

just a thought - you can leave it also as it is - it's beautiful

jen revved said...

thanks Claudia-- I do want to master the form but found myself a little giddy in the middle of the night and thought this version was nice for time being-- I so admire your beautiful work! xxxj

Fireblossom said...

I couldn't care less if it's a proper villanelle...it's gorgeous and I love it. (the first one, particularly!)

jen revved said...

Thanks Shay-- I feel way mo bettah now...xxxxj