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 .

Friday, December 30, 2011

New Poem for DVerse Form For All...

A short romp in couplets forDVerse Form for All.

Song for the Sea-Ear

O broad muscular foot clinging
solidly, o nacre magician

At the subliteral depth where listening
occurs and occurs

You hear the evancescent thrum
of the water, haliotis cracherodii

Rocking in the tide
in the metonymy of your secrets

Prolific and imprudent
you moon walk the sea-floor

Exploding in flagrante
with caviar and rapture.

From Wikipedia on Abalone.

These snails cling solidly with their broad muscular foot to rocky surfaces at sublittoral depths, although some species such as Haliotis cracherodii used to be common in the intertidal zone. Abalones reach maturity at a relatively small size. Their fecundity is high and increases with their size (from 10,000 to 11 million eggs at a time).

  "Metaphor creates the relation between its objects, while metonymy presupposes that relation."
(Hugh Bredin, "Metonymy." Poetics Today, 1984)

  "Metonymy and metaphor also have fundamentally different functions. Metonymy is about referring: a method of naming or identifying something by mentioning something else which is a component part or symbolically linked. In contrast, metaphor is about understanding and interpretation: it is a means to understand or explain one phenomenon by describing it in terms of another."
(Murray Knowles and Rosamund Moon, Introducing Metaphor. Routledge, 2006)

copyright Jenne' R. Andrews 2011


Beachanny said...

Wonderful in metaphor and informative in metonymy..the snail curls in its spiraled shell and goes about mirroring the microcosms and macrocosms of the universe pushing prodigiously along on one foot. Wonderful writing as always, Jenne. Thank you!

Mama Zen said...

That last couplet is incredibly cool!

Anonymous said...

Ha--so clever, so cute. Wonderful. K.

Dave King said...

I'm bowled over. Sheer wizardry.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, I really dig this — I was married to an abalone diver for 27 years! :)

Laurie Kolp said...

Love these... especially the last two. Happy New Year, Jeane!

Taylor Boomer said...

smart couplets, well done.