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Martha Silano

March 9, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

Reckless Lovely

Reckless Lovely is the title of Martha Silano’s new volume, just published by Martha SilanoSaturnalia Books, and this afternoon she shares some of its rich and wild poems with us. She is the author of three previous collections, including What the Truth Tastes Like, Blue Positive, and The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, winner of the 2010 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, an Academy of American Poets Noted Book of 2011, and a Washington State Book Award Finalist. Her poems have appeared in over a dozen anthologies and The Best American Poetry 2009. A resident of Seattle, she teaches at Bellevue College.

“Right About Now”

I’m ready to submerge myself
inside a Brugsmansia blossom, Solanaceae’s

most pendulous, most Seussian bloom,
upside-down yellow deluge singing

like a fallen angel. Lemon-scented;
deadly. Peruvians feed them

to children to ward off unruliness,
their ancestors admonishing them

with hallucinations; shamans, ingesting
their pulverized seeds, diagnose disease,

prophesize, root out thieves. Slipping in
like slipping behind a pair of Intimissimi,

Victoria’s Secret’s version of endowing
the unendowed. And endowed I’d be

with the mystery of medicine men, of medicinals
deemed, in today’s world, toxic, of Machu Picchu.

If you can trademark a miracle, why nor plunge
into fluted, into pendulousness

akin to what might be found in a great
grandmother’s Sunday-best cupboard, shape

in which to serve an illustrious parfait; cascade
akin to a new-fangled phonograph—and I

the inquisitive dog, not merely pawing
at danger’s door, but diving in.


March 9, 2014
3:00 pm
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