Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Poems: "Sarabande" -- by Norma Cole

“and then looks at
the stars” from the
bed in the ambulance

looks up at boughs of
trees shifting quickly
lit in blackness

blackening soft, deep
siren’s song—she died
several times that night

and only in the weeks
to come started and
started to come back

then forward which is
real life

*     *     *     *     *

Norma Cole is a painter, translator, and poet who has authored several collections, including: Natural Light (2009), Spinoza in Her Youth (2002), The Vulgar Tongue (2000), and  Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems (2009), in which the above poem is printed. 

Cole has been awarded a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Gertrude Stein Awards, the Robert D. Richardson Non-Fiction Award, among other awards. She lives in San Francisco and teaches at the University of San Francisco. 

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