Friday, April 30, 2010

PRAU by JEAN VENGUA

JEFF HARRISON Engages

Prau by Jean Vengua
(Meritage Press, San Francisco & St. Helena, 2007)


[each line below is an excerpt from JV's Prau]


in spaces within
the story of
these emptied parts
are
amnesias

movement of parts

figures
cast themselves out
the hundred rooms mansion
amnesias
fill up space
not enough

straw doll
rag doll
from dawn
fashioned

gothic
flowering into
ghosts
drifting across the cornea

hollows pouring into the eyes

ghosts
return to the hundred rooms mansion
styx flowing under
old boats, barkentines, praus

poetry,
i kiss your hand
i'd howl too if i could
smooth words
for gradual hollowed out

isn't that enough


*****

Jeff Harrison reviewed books for the past six issues of Galatea Resurrects (including here). He has publications from Writers Forum, MAG Press, Persistencia Press, and Furniture Press. He has two e-books at xPress(ed), and one at Blazevox. His poetry has appeared in The Hay(na)ku Anthology Vol. II (Meritage Press), An Introduction to the Prose Poem (Firewheel Editions), Otoliths, Sentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics, Xerography, Moria, NOON: journal of the short poem, Dusie, MiPOesias, EXPLORINGfictions, and elsewhere. Some of his poems can be read here and here. You are welcome to visit Antic View.




1 comment:

EILEEN said...

Other views are offered by Brett Duchon in issue GR #11 at

http://galatearesurrection11.blogspot.com/2008/12/prau-by-jean-vengua.html


and by Allen Gaborro in GR #10 at

http://galatearesurrection10.blogspot.com/2008/07/prau-by-jean-vengua.html


and by Leny M. Strobel in GR #10, at

http://galatearesurrection10.blogspot.com/2008/07/prau-by-jean-vengua_19.html


and by John Bloomberg-Rissman in GR #9 at

http://galatearesurrection9.blogspot.com/2008/03/prau-by-jean-vengua.html