Icon – a poem by Charles Haddox

Icon An icon circumscribed by crepuscular sanctuary, .                                                sober slatted roof, mud wall— a trapped butterfly colors the slightness. The lamplit aerie inhabits geography: antiphons, tempera, archaic stanchions, and finally, an elevated wine-bearer, victor, gilded. All-teacher, cover Your unendurable transfiguration in nectar, pomegranates, cloud. Carpenter of isolation, attentively ignite the nocturnal presence, and […]

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CATHEDRAL – a poem by John Short

CATHEDRAL Beneath its dizzy heights public footsteps ring a tapestry of sound. Time surrenders here, hushed voices slice through space. In ancient plans the sky has been considered, clouds float across ascending lengths of glass not stained but clear while high in the dome’s recesses portholes angle to paradise. Thick with prayers, stone walls are […]

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Review: Awkward Grace by Mark Tulin

Awkward Grace by Mark Tulin, 43pp Kelsay Books. Review by Sarah Law There is absolutely a tangible sense of grace in the twenty-seven poems in this latest pamphlet (or chapbook) by regular Amethyst Review contributor Mark Tulin. While reading them, I found many sensitively presented scenes, images, voices and details, all given the sort of luminous […]

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The Prophet – a poem by Ian McFarland

The Prophet Carl Gustav Jung took great pain to distinguish between the archetype and the archetypal image. The thing itself being-beyond-being. Buddhists say: gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā! By which they point to similar phenomena. Gone gone, gone beyond, gone utterly beyond, enlightenment hail! Isn’t it perfectly wonderful to think love seeks no deep […]

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