Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesday Poem: 'Wabi-sabi' by Helen Lehndorf

I was thirty-three before I learned

people stuck in snow
can die from dehydration.
I would melt icicles
on my tongue for you, resist
the drinking down, drip it
into you. Then repeat, repeat
until my lips were raw.

Continues here... 

I have long been a fan of Helen Lehndorf's poems - seeing them on the net and hearing them at poetry readings, and now at last I can own her first collection The Comforter (Seraph Press).
Her publisher Helen Rickerby says, 'This poem, as people at the launches will have heard me say, epitomises what I love so much about Helen's poetry. It is sharp-eyed and specific. It introduces a number of interesting ideas and has more than one thing going on at once. When it talks about life and love, it's authentic and fierce, not clichéd. And it is impossible not to be moved by it.'
Sadly I missed Helen's launch in the weekend, but she reports on it on her blog here. I wrote on this post earlier that Helen's reading at Blondini's in Wellington on Wednesday, when in fact she's not! Got my Helens muddled.

Still, Blondini's (The Embassy Theatre in Campbridge Terrace) at 6pm this Wednesday will be terrific fun with Helen Rickerby, Vana Manasiadis, Stefanie Lash and Emma Barnes . What a feast! And I have to be there this time come what may, I am the MC. Do join us, with these women poets it can only be stimulating and fun. 
And to check out more Tuesday poems, visit the Tuesday Poem blog


Elizabeth Welsh said...

Sounds like a fabulous night of poetry, Mary! I'll have to make sure I order Helen's collection and get it sent over to the Northern Hemisphere as a New Year's gift to myself :)

Helen Lowe said...

Ah, the continuing poem! I was thinking that it was definitely Helen Lehndorf's day with 3 poems featured and one featured twice, but I see I must hie me to Helen Rickerby's blog for the rest. :) I will post my response to the poem there, but I "adored" "Garlic Planting Time" on the Booksellers' site.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your support here, Mary! I wish I WAS reading with you all on Wednesday! I hope it goes really well. xx Helen