Friday, June 17, 2011

I come from a state of astonishment

I have two poems in the new Literary Bohemian, the handsome half-Czech zine that goes everywhere. The poems are Crossings and Among the Watermelons.

Crossings is a poem I began long ago on a trip to Denmark when I forgot my passport. Coincidentally, around that time I'd learned that my paternal forebears were more likely Danish than Dutch. After a boring and disappointing visit to Denmark, I abandoned this poem for a long time.

Among the Watermelons is a cento using lines from French poets I adore.

As we say in China, welcome you enjoy.

For me, my roots don't go much further than Scranton, PA, where my parents are from. And weirdly, whenever my mother visits me in Germany she says, "Germany always reminds me of Pennsylvania." And I understand her, at least as far as eastern Pennsylvania goes. The photo is of her on the cover of The Scrantonian in 1954.


Carolyn said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Sarah! Just a small correction: The Literary Bohemian is based in Czech Republic, but would never boast to be "half-Czech."

In order for the magazine to be half Czech, I would have to get Czech citizenship, which I will never have, no matter how long I live here.

The Literary Bohemian is truly Bohemian...a conundrum of cultures living wherever they can find a home :)

I guess you can say we both come from the "state of astonishment."

Happy weekend,


Kathleen said...

Wonderful poems, and wonderful magazine!

SarahJane said...

Thanks Kathleen.
Carolyn - great issue. "Half-Czech" was just my way of saying it's in the Czech Republic, but isn't Czech! Although it's also not not-Czech....?

Jeff said...

Just read both, Sarah - as always, I love your humor and sensitivity.

Didn't realize Literary Bohemian was Czech based...just increases the romance factor...

- Jeff

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