Geneva Kachman

A Brief History of the Kachman Trolling Reel

Great-uncle Steve, tool-and-die maker for GM,
And Dad, Bendix Research Labs engineer,
Made prototypes out of aluminum

For the Kachman Trolling Reel, a step up from
Crude reels made of milk crate and Victrola motor.
Great-uncle Steve, trolling all night to Port Huron,

Would zigzag across the shipping channels, and jump
Overboard almost, when suddenly a freighter
Would shine a spotlight and blow its horn at him.

His reel's still in production, having been given
New life in the high-end planer board by Riviera.
Would Great-uncle Steve be surprised Dad kept them,

These oversized silver yo-yo's without any inner
Workings, hollow as the bankrupt factories whose entire
Contents have been palleted and shrink-wrapped, for

Loading onto freighters bound for Southeast Asia.
Will we be the Motor City once again? Ever?
Great-uncle Steve, tool-and-die maker for GM,
Made prototypes out of aluminum.

I Saw Her Sitting There

"She--looked at me--and I--I could see..."
- Beatles

Mom had her legs worked by physical therapist Stacy
Three times a week in her two-story Troy colonial.
Stacy said: "Go up and down the stairs on your fanny

Like when you were a little girl." Mom wasn't too crazy
About rehab, after a back step/black ice slip'n'fall.
Stacy said: "Swing your legs up when you get to the landing,

That way you can scoot into your bedroom real easy."
First, I had to move crates of unworn clothes and saved junk mail:
Mom was ashamed of her hoarding and her housekeeping.

One night, I flicked the light on in the upstairs hallway
From downstairs, to find mom perched up there in pink flannel.
She said: "Out of the darkness come radical changes.

Creation, then re-creation--that's the only certainty."
Makeup-less, her closed eyes were mere shadows in their hollows.
Above white tube socks, mom's knees seemed austere as Lincoln's,

Her voice melancholy as his "shall not perish from the earth."
Yet joyful, too, as if revelation of a miracle.
I saw Goddess sitting at the top of the staircase.
She said: "Out of the darkness come radical changes."


Geneva Kachman is the author of three books of poetry, and paints. She attended the University of Iowa Workshop. One of her current creative goals is for a Poet's Float in the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, down Woodward in Detroit.


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Judith Schaecter: I found the beauty of stained glass to be the perfect counterpoint to ugly and difficult subjects. Although the figures I work with are supposed to be ordinary people doing ordinary things, I see them as having much in common with the old medieval windows of saints and martyrs. They seem to be caught in a transitional moment when despair becomes hope or darkness becomes inspiration. They seem poised between the threshold of everyday reality and epiphany, caught between tragedy and comedy.

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