Bluebird Madrigal

Lisa Russ Spaar Click to

Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of Satin Cash; Poems, Blue Venus: Poems, and Glass Town: Poems, for which she recieved a Rona Jaffe Award for Emerging Women Writers in 2000. She is editor of Acquainted With the Night: Insomnia Poems (Columbua UP, 1999) and All That Might Heart: London Poems (University of Virginia Press, 2008). A collection of her essays about contemporary poetry was published by Drunken Boat Editions in 2013. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2009/2010 and serves as poetry editor for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Bell’s peal made visible, scrap of sky
foreign as ice caves in a foreign country,

or the self one seeks, fingering a postcard,
its crenellated deeps, exotic stamps, hard

-copy post, outmoded as paraffin or ink,
odor of summer, or holy sands of caliche drink –,

Secret bridegroom, thou knowest my wound.
And address it with your ten thousand bruises

as the crocus blade refuses crush of snow.
True, a curtain drops.  But desire’s long.  O,

sail, then, skiff, wherry, ketch, my one and only
ever made for me.  Beyond logic, reason, history,

fly.  Larkspur traveling into cloud-scree.
“Here” is just a part of the soul your body shows to me.