“The fallow months” and “What’s cooking” – Poetry by Daniel Ari

The Rock of Salvation - Samuel Colman, 1837
The Rock of Salvation – Samuel Colman, 1837

Daniel Ari has spent the past few years working in an original poetry form called “queron,” in which each poem contains three quintets and a final couplet, an interweaving rhyme scheme, and a question. We’re thrilled to include two of Daniel’s queron poems– “The fallow months” and “What’s cooking”— in our Summer 2014 issue.

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“The fallow months”

MY HUNGER, LOVE, IS LIKE AN ALIEN MOON.
I know you feel its phases subtly
as tired nights pale from busy afternoons.
The strange globe with its aching liquid pull—
astronomical and inopportune—

has stirred storm clouds lately, love. It grows full
and stirs tides and winds into two hoarse cries.
In here, we’ve battened down, sorted the mail.
Do you remember the last time that eye
closed in satisfied rest in the cocoon,

turbulence muted under the duvet
of earth’s shadow? Did you know sixty-two
moons (nine of them provisional) fly by
Saturn, not to mention the rings? And do
you know how insistent my orbital

gravity winds up? Even typhoons blow!
You’re the sovereign sea, but I’m thirsty, too.

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“What’s cooking”

MY GRANDMOTHER CALLED THIS “SNARE-A-HUSBAND.”
She never wrote out the recipe but
made me memorize it before she died.
I’m humming the song of ingredients,
stirring around your name, my bowl, my bird.

Yet your freedom’s what I love most, my heart,
and I’m far too giddy to bake a trap
even if I wanted to. When we part
tonight with our bellies full, night will wrap
its separate dreams around us. My David,

will you dream of me? Earthy smells rise up
layering the edible atmosphere
held steaming beneath the coal-crusted tarp
of stars. If you will be mine, then we’re here
for that purpose. Eat, my friend. Fill your plate.

Two birds told me about the weight you bear.
Swallow that bite then share, please, share your thoughts.

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DAUmbrellacropDANIEL ARI writes, teaches and publishes poetry. His blogs are fightswithpoems.blogspot.com and IMUNURI.blogspot.com. He has recently placed work in Poet’s Market (2014 and 2015 editions), Writer’s Digest, carte blanche, Cardinal Sins, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Daniel also works as a professional copywriter and performs improvisation with the troupe Wing It in Oakland. He lives in Richmond, California.

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