In Memory of Poet, ‘Annah Sobelman January 16, 1954 – July 31, 2017

Poem excerpt from Dandelions for the Threnody
from In the Bee Latitudes (New California Poetry, 2012)
initially published in Volt

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— Then looking while I’m walking outside  in  air  like  a muscle ( inside and

outside the random sprinkling of full-grown dandelions near the river , the  life

just  above  the  ankles  ,  not eternity  ,  some  of the dandelions  spraying

xxxxxxxxtheir   yellow  into  their  biggest   fullest

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxover-

flow  and after this no   place  left  to   go  fuller

xxxxwhich   is still   their  most

excruciated   ,  ascendant  unrecalcitrant   ,   to  the  limits  to  the

xxxxexact   precipice  falling  stepping

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx off   after  which is not dandelion ) I find

myself  being lavished   all  out   in  my  glance   ,  almost

as   air  ,  over these  dandelions  and through  the  wind  in the  air near the river

blowing out

from  its circumference   though  I   cannot   discern    where   its   center

Welcome to the Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art, our 10th Anniversary issue, the first open submission of the journal, with the theme Sensual Organs of a Living Earth.

Hundreds of submissions poured in from around the country as well as from across a few oceans during the month of May, and as editors we read each poem with great care, attention, and appreciation.

This outstanding issue (two pages of poets so click on the tab (older) at bottom of first poetry page to find the second page of poets!) includes the poets Kyce Bello, Christopher Brant, Lynne Burnett, Lauren Camp, Bernadette Cullen, Jon Davis, Tara Elliott, Xenia Emelyanova, Beth Enson, Morgan Farley, Annie Finch, CMarie Fuhrman, C. John Graham, Christine Hemp, Branwyn Holroyd, Elizabeth Jacobson, George Kalamaras, Arthur Kaysakian, Irene Koronas, Kevin Lynch, David Mason, Michelle Menting, Mary Meriam, Eugenio Montale, Gary Worth Moody, Sawnie Morris, Terri Muuss, Jules Nyquist, Kate O’Neill, Margaret Randall, Stella Reed, Jamie Ross, Miriam Sagan, Cintia Santana, Katherine Seluja, Jane Shoenfeld, Mervyn Taylor, Alexandra van de Kamp, Angie Vasquez, Andrea Watson, Carolyn Whelan, Mary Jane White, and Katherine E. Young.

In our Book Review & Essay section, you’ll find three essays, written by William Barnes, Dean Kostos, and Thérèse Soukar Chehade, as well as a tribute by our book review and essay editor, William Barnes in response to ’Annah Sobelman’s first poetry collection, The Tulip Sacrament.

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