This week’s Featured Poet is A J Odasso
A J. Odasso is currently completing her Ph.D. in English at the University of York. Her poetry has appeared in a number of publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including Strong Verse, Aesthetica, Sybil’s Garage, Succour, Farrago’s Wainscot, The Liberal, Mythic Delirium, Under the Radar, and Ouroboros Review - with new work forthcoming in Illumen, Not One of Us, and others. Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies from Drollerie Press and Hadley Rille Books, and her first print chapbook of poetry was published in September 2009 by Maverick Duck Press. Her first book-length collection, Lost Books, will be published by Flipped Eye Press in early 2010. One of the poems from her e-chapbook from Gold Wake Press, Dead Zones, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Nine Things Oracles Do
Sit on bedside tables. Persephone
watches over me as I sleep,
and the alabaster jar beside her
Hide in drawers. My tarot deck
sleeps beneath cotton knickers
and never bothers to yawn
when daylight enters.
Lurk on hard drives. Patti Smith
and PJ Harvey drag me under,
over and over. Horses
Sit in bowls. Corn Mother
is patient between feedings,
but Raven, little trickster,
Weave carpets, although I do not
know the name of the man in the market
who sold this blue-and-rose beauty
to my mother-in-law.
Tell stories. My bulletin board
can show you what I looked like
at twenty. It also knows several
addresses that I forget.
(It’s always right.)
Oversleep. My flatmate
doesn’t rise until noon,
but you’ll smell her kitchen miracles
Give kisses. My husband
never wakes me, and he’s gone
before I know it. But that kiss
will always tell me
what he meant.
Give advice. I am on call
24/7 if you need me,
and all I ask of you
is a cup of tea.
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