December 8, 2013
Jen Coleman & Evan Kennedy
Jen Coleman, a Portland, OR resident by way of Minnesota, DC and New York, co-hosts readings with the Spare Room Collective and works for Oregon Environmental Council. She recently participated in the 13 Hats collaborative of artists and writers. Psalms for Dogs and Sorcerers (Trembling Pillow Press) is her first full-length volume of poetry.
A Matter That Is Possible But Does Not
Naturally Occur in Our Environment:
Gee, is that really a mountain lion,
I say, spotting the four-faced passenger
on the Downtown 4 train
with wheels within wheels
shrieking along a curve
under Spring street.
Is that a mountain lion? Gee!
I say it a few times.
And because language passes for truth
and order is disordered
the mountain lion
gives a long yowl.
A yowl with no audible answer.
A yowl: a model for words
at the very limit.
A yowl that demands physical integrity
even as some part of myself escapes
cohesion and falls to pieces.