The Guilford Poets Guild is excited to present poet Gray Jacobik as featured reader on Thursday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m in The Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield Street (behind Whitfield’s on Guilford Green). Gray Jacobik lives in Deep River, Connecticut. Her collections include Brave Disguises (AWP Poetry Prize, Pittsburgh UP 2002), The Surface of Last Scattering (X. J. Kennedy Prize, Texas Review Press 1999) and The Double Task (Juniper Prize, UMASS Press, 1998). A memoir-in-verse, Little Boy Blue, is forthcoming for CavanKerry.
Refreshments will be served, and there will be an open mic beginning at 7:00 for the first 5 who sign up.
Each time I look up from my task, more
russet spinners speckle the air. Called,
it seems, I walk to the porch to hear
the tick-tick as each adds itself to
the already-down––rustle and tumble
then the soft hush––abrasions of gutter
flutter. Sometimes a slight breeze stirs
the trees and the sky becomes patterned
with progress; at other times, no force
except the final severing encoded in that
tripled-tiered layer of cells at the base
of each stem, botanical cushion designed
for departures, fulfilling its purpose
since winter nears and leaves are liabilities.
Every now and then a leaf takes a long
slow ride, whirls down with regular
oscillations—a plate-spinner’s best effort.
Others wobble crazily as if anxious to land,
a few skip and dip like water-skimmers, then
topple pell-mell into a mêlée of discards.