Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Lenten Poem by Olga Broumas

photo © Mark Butkus 2014
A river runs through this poem.

Still weeks before the equinox
in March strange pleasure
to prepare to come
to visit you in April April
fourteen strange pleasure not to miss you how
different pleasurable this time
immersed in the collective
memorizing of my senses all
fierce all entangled preparations
constantly at the terminals
at the other stations
in the imaginary the mercurial in dreams
the long lope of a mind
uninterrupted like a raga
drone horizon note against which rivers
mountains miles of landscape and the present

— Olga Broumas

Described as being "attentive to the experiences of women" Olga Broumas won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her debut American volume of poetry, Beginning with O (1977). A native of Greece, Broumas' collections of poetry include: Pastoral Jazz (1983); Perpetua (1989) and; Rave: Poems 1975–1999 (1999). Lenten is from her 1979 collection of poetry, Soie Sauvage.