Robbi Nester: Two Poems
Veils: A Room, A Door, a Light in the Upstairs Hall,
After a painting by Robert Rhodes
Every evening, shadows lay their veils
over the familiar and the movie starts.
I pass my hand through the projector’s dusty beam,
watch it weave a stream of motes into another world.
I hardly need to leave my room to see
the moon, perfectly composed
behind a screen of branches, transmute
the purple half-light from an open window,
playing for hours on the bedroom wall.
In the sealed white fridge, inviolate,
I thought but
I was wrong, potions
brewed all by themselves, forgotten
leftovers harboring a culture
various in scent and hue
as any garden. In the plastic
cube, a slimy orange
on last week’s stew.
A purple sludge escapes
the confines of its
And here, egg yolks
sprouting white tendrils, a smell
so pungent it could be a sound.
Potatoes ossifying in a covered
dish, moss green as rocks
half covered in the creek
I wandered as a child.
I know if I could study
my own skin and gut, I’d
find a population
many times as various,
Willingly or not,
we share this space.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robbi Nester is the author of 4 books of poetry—a chapbook, Balance (White Violet, 2012) and three collections: A Likely Story (Moon Tide, 2014), Other-Wise (Kelsay, 2017), and Narrow Bridge (Main Street Rag, 2019). She also edited two anthologies: The Liberal Media Made Me Do It! (Nine Toes, 2014) and an ekphrastic e-book published as a special issue of Poemeleon Journal, Over the Moon: Birds, Beasts, and Trees—celebrating the photography of Beth Moon. Her poems, reviews, and essays have appeared widely, most recently in Pirene’s Fountain, Tiferet, Lady Liberty, North of Oxford, Rhino, and in the anthologies Unsheathed, Collateral Damage, Poets Facing the Wall, and Is it Hot in Here or is it Just Me? Robbi is an elected member of the Academy of American Poets.
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