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Alexandra Donovan


Mother Stump

They cut you down, although you could have grown
to be one thousand, ninety feet around.


Your wood was needed out in Watsonville—

felled lumber for the country store and jail.
Sequoia sempervirens, ever green


and ever growing: when your trunk is cut


it sends out runners through surrounding soil,
each runner turning into tiny shoot

and shoot
           to tree that seeks the canopy—

a circle formed where giant used to be.


Your body has moved on, forgetting us,
becoming crates for oranges, fence, sawdust.
Your children stand still in a silent ring;
      your shape:


a negative that touches everything.


questions from the dead

when was his last haircut, how long the hairs?
please tell me are they being cut and if
i still could touch them, would they feel as air,
like cold silk wind that teased us on those bluffs
or bristlecone, a wired and rooted thing
that hooks itself into the barren rock?

i can almost remember the feeling
of brushing them, of loosening a knot ,
or the cold weight of scissors in my hands
the way the cuttings dropped like snow, or ash,
the way they never really seemed to land
yet found their way to every day-lit edge

how they would never fully leave our lives
nor grace us with a weight that satisfies

































AUTHOR BIO

Alexandra Donovan is a poet, teacher, and volunteer chaplain. She received her BA from Stanford University and her MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Alexandra's writing has appeared in Pirene's Fountain, Selfish Magazine, Ruminate, Gyroscope Review, Presence Journal, Poets Reading the News, and others. Her first chapbook, Mother Stump, was released by Yak Press in August 2018. Alexandra was the summer 2018 Denver Lighthouse Writers Workshop's Writer-in-Residence at the Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Facility in Las Animas, Colorado.

POETRY CONTRIBUTORS

Barbara Crooker
Alexandra Donovan
Jehanne Dubrow
Kathleen Goldbach
Colleen S. Harris
Brittany Hill
Katherine Hoerth
Lynne Knight
Jean L. Kreiling
Angie Macri
Carolyn Martin
Kathleen McClung (Featured Poet)
Mary Mercier
Ann Michael
Leslie Schultz
Myrna Stone
Jean Syed
Ann Christine Tabaka
Sally Thomas
Doris Watts
Joyce Wilson
Marly Youmans

NEWS

The most recent addition to The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline is Phillis Wheatley by Kathryn Voorhees.

Kathleen McClung is the recipient of the 2019 Mezzo Cammin Scholarship to the Poetry by the Sea conference.

FEATURED ARTIST
Morgan O'Hara:LIVE TRANSMISSIONS render visible normally invisible or fleeting movement patterns through seismograph-like drawing done in real time. The pursuit of vitality carefully observed through human activity is drawn simultaneously with both hands and transmitted to paper. Following closely the intensity of each segment of an activity, the direction of the line as well as the quality of its intensity is transmitted. If a person makes a gentle movement, a delicate line is drawn. If the action followed is forceful or violent, a correspondingly vigorous line is made. This is done simultaneously and as much as possible without “thinking." The dialectic between observer and participant, control versus relaxed participation coalesce to form the conceptual base for LIVE TRANSMISSIONS. Scale and physical limitations are determined by real-life expediency. In 2018 there exist approximately 4000 LIVE TRANSMISSION drawings done both privately and publicly on five continents. LIVE TRANSMISSIONS communicate beyond the specificity of language.

HANDWRITING THE CONSTITUTION is a social art practice which O’Hara began in January 2017. It is a process by which people come together for a specific time period to handwrite the Constitution. This practice encourages a quiet, introspective process, a form of activism for introverts. As people copy out texts which guarantee freedom and human rights, a strong sense of community is silently created. www.handwritingtheconstitution.com

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