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Things in Light Poetry Series 2014: Stephanie Galloway


Toilet Paper Mummy Wrap

Mountains are modern pyramids

A place to bury

Maybes or I'll tries

The way you look at me

Makes me want to saddle up my winged seahorse

And write math equations

On church walls

But let's save

Those theatrics

For when the shower curtain rises

This watershed

Will be a perfect place

To store our pipes in


WHY THE WEST IS WILD

Dug in like mind spurs

Reminiscence is riding

Scuttling over paper surfaces

Marks made with unforgettable ink and imploded destiny

Steps planted in dry pulp

Twigs snapping out a tune for soles that linger

Tangibility deserted this town long ago

Leaving it to ghosts and dreamers


THE GEOLOGY OF MUSIC

Radio carbon listening

To diamond mine songs

With ears once covered in the clay of mass consumption

That are now made into earthborn jars

Filled with honey harmonies

Your nonlinear thought collapses my horizon

Leaving me riding your cycling records into glory


WIND SIFTER

Unpolished object of lore

A doorstep discovery ornaments my table

Dusky shape with many versions

This raw root of relations is a peek into holy expression

A record of alchemy scorched days spent extracting history from the future


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Stephanie Galloway is an artist and writer who lives and works in Albuquerque, NM. Educated at the University of New Mexico, Galloway is the founder of the Albuquerque chapter of Free Art Friday.

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