WECOME! (Please scroll down for current post.) This blog contains the work of poet Jenne' R. Andrews and several translations from English to Italian of other poets' work, as well as translations of Andrews' work into Italian. Please note the translation widget on the right side of the blog.

Jenne' Andrews is an American poet. In the early 70's she was mentored by the great Robert Bly and Canadian poet Tom Wayman. She has one small press book, Reunion, Lynx House Press, edited by Christopher Howell. A current booklength ms., And Now, the Road, was a finalist for the 2014 Autumn House Poetry Prize.

She has three published chapbooks and a forthcoming chapbook of "Italiana" from Finishing Line Press titled Boca, Voce, Delirio-- Mouth, Voice, Delirium.

Her work has recently appeared in Vox Populi, published by Michael Simms, The Passionate Transitory, published by Robert Wilkinson, Belletrist Coterie and The Adirondack Review.

Andrews was full-time Poet in Residence of the St. Paul Schools. She holds the MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Colorado State University and is a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts in Literature.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

New Poem: The Artifice of Mirrors, posting for Magpie Tales and Beyond...

To participate in the Magpie Tales prompt click here.  xj 

The Artifice of Mirrors

Look then at how each unanswered
Question appears in mirrored eyes
I should never doubt you, oval-rimmed
That you are wordless belies the war
In my heart.

To love Self or not to love her
To hide away, to set her free
From the gilded cage of artifice
Where she sings alone all the nights
And days?

Being shines back
Like the moon refracting the suns of time
I brush my hair from my brow
She follows suit.

But whose tear is it that runs
The furrow of the cheek?
Have I cast myself
Like a horse caught under a fence
Within the shadows of the mirror?

A reflected and refracting inquiry
Cannot resolve within the mind—
Then turn away; volition
In his long cloak
Has found honey in the garden.

copyright Jenne' R. Andrews 2012


Tess Kincaid said...

"To love Self or not to love her"...and then your last stanza...powerful Jenne...

Kat Mortensen said...

I enjoyed this poem, particularly,
"I brush my hair from my brow
She follows suit."

Thanks for introducing me to Andrews. I had not heard of her before.

Maureen said...

Lovely take on the prompt, Jenne. I especially like "gilded cage of artifice" and those last three lines of the last stanza.

zongrik said...

i hope it was wroth finding the honey in the garden


Little Nell said...

Whose tear is it that runs the furrow of the cheek? Should she or shouldn't she? Unanswered questions posed by artifice. Nicely done.

moondustwriter said...

many memories and questions stored in the mirror
Hope all is well Jenne

manicddaily said...

I love thinking of volition as a character--and volition and honey another great juxtoposition. In my mind, volition almost always ends up with the disciplined choice. Nice to see it getting a reward. K.