PASSAGE (PaperFields Press, 2015)
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Take a poetic sojourn on the bridge between dream and reality.
In her second book of poetry, Bianca Bowers shifts between consciousness and sleep, reality and dreams, as she seeks to find passage in a restless landscape.
“My feet were fused with a 7-lane highway. My spine, dismantled; a map of bones with no instruction.”
Passage is a surreal and real exploration of the transient spaces that have the power to destabilise our relationships, identity, and sense of belonging.
“My ghost beckons me into the misty pines and I follow, like Autumn.”
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I imagine that I’m a girl again
I imagine that I’m a girl again;
I imagine that I’m Emily…
I wander the moors,
and surrender my winter skin
to the bleak sky.
I distil isolation,
and discover a crocus of creativity.
I stumble across a primrose path,
and lose my virginity.
When I find my voice,
it muzzles the larks’ chorus.
I rival the wind
atop the thundering crag
and pry Heathcliff from my heart.
My roots shrivel below the heath,
but harebells bloom from my fingertips.
A SOJOURN IN TWILIGHT’S PALM
My feet were fused with a 7-lane highway.
My spine, dismantled;
a map of bones with no instruction.
My hands waged war with left and right.
The pith of my existence, banished
to the crepuscule.
I made futile attempts;
split the heavens with questions,
turned idols into gods,
placed the moon on my windowsill,
and surrendered the sun to strangers.
But, the owl light hooted still.
Without wings or feet
I resolved to sojourn in twilight’s palm
on the susurration of duality
I deciphered its tongue.
My heart wings flapped,
like a flock of ravens
probing the benign sky for adventure,
when the highway mouth
met the lip of the sky
and the dawn emerged
from the crepuscule.
I am trapped;
a parasol of honey
in a sky full of ants.
I have drowned the sun,
ignited the rain,
fished stars from the sewers,
to tuck the moon into my pocket,
before it empties the sky.
To lay a snow-trap
for the climactic storm
that will end the endless summer,
before it burns the clouds alive.
Lotus in the Sahara
I grow melancholy
when my heart travels
away from love,
when it hides behind clocks
and plummets into wasteland.
I grow restless
when the moon hatches
from its shell,
when hunger strikes
I grow distant
without the love
when dream trees bloom
from my torso,
but never reach the sky.
I grow melancholy
when I grow and grow,
but never bloom:
a lotus in the Sahara.
For Ezra and Allen
I have dreamed inside your belly
since my first moving image.
You were the playground to my inner child,
the stars in my telescope…
I have yearned for you like a twin,
separated at birth,
our reunion seems unlikely.
I have sojourned inside your belly
long enough to suspend my Hollywood belief.
Traveled the arc of marriage and divorce,
until my catharsis was complete,
and I emerged from the pupa of Jefferson
into the mosquito hawk of Ginsberg –
unable to deny the philosophical monster
you were becoming.
I have aged inside your belly,
thinking that dogma couldn’t grow
from your democratic roots
and seen it burgeon into the strength of an oak.
You have encased that hallowed scroll in the dungeon
of absolute power
and disfigured its face beyond recognition.
I have howled inside your belly.
Even your mouthpiece has lost its freedom;
only one voice can be heard above the din of Tinseltown
the voice of fear mongering.
You have knowingly peddled pills to your children
and they have patriotically swallowed the blues;
resigned themselves to the matrix
of merchants and modifiers.
I have shriveled inside your belly.
I wrote about you once,
with the romanticism of Shakespeare.
Now, I must exile those youthful manuscripts
– like Pound
and trust the doubt of Thomas
until your next reincarnation.