Love Poems for Singers

from by Jill Battson

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Love Poems for Singers
3. Calvin

In the house of the voice
a rumble
consistent with the vibrato of sex
shift echo soft tissue
rugged space of breath
expansion chest scarlet musculature
these delicate wrist bones
fingers run favours
across cerebral pages of curiosity

In the house of the voice
backs turn inward
gentle lingering of flesh
impossibilities ring ears
coffee cascade voice demands attention
hazel rush sand tears twinkle
shifting chimeratic mood
cacophony of contrition
as gesture breaks a heaven of possibility
lets sunlight flood roof of the house.


from gratitude songs, released June 17, 2013



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Jill Battson Toronto, Ontario

Jill Battson is an interdisciplinary poet. She has written several plays as well as the libretti for two operas and produced an electro acoustic sound art project. Dark Star Requiem, for which she wrote the libretto, premiered at Toronto’s Luminato Festival in 2010 and was published in book form. Her new collection, The Ecstatic Torture of Gratitude, was recently published by Guernica Editions ... more

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