Chameleon hours by Elise Partridge

By Elise Partridge

From methods of Goingfor SteveWill or not it's like paragliding--gossamer takeoff, seedlike drifting downinto a sunlit, unforeseen grove?Or ski-jumping--headlong hovering, ski-tips piercing clouds, crystal revelations stunning my goggles?. ... Skittery flicker of a glare-weary lizardstartled into the sheltering wings of a leaf, rusting freighter with a brimming holdshimmering onto a red facet. . . .Sad rower driven from

Whether writing poems approximately North American existence and panorama; or love poems; or elegies for friends and family; or poems on severe, debilitating disease and the variations it may possibly effect-- Partridge bargains in Chameleon Hours phrases cast by means of pain and braveness. packed with wit and empathy, Partridge's poems draw notion from resources as whimsical as tortoises and pontoons, as poignant as a homeless lady taking look after within a put up workplace on a iciness evening, and as deeply own as her personal melanoma analysis at a tender age. Chameleon Hours is a booklet concerning the rewards of being reminded of one's personal mortality and the lyric expression of existence in all its intensity. Read more...

summary: From methods of Goingfor SteveWill it's like paragliding--gossamer takeoff, seedlike drifting downinto a sunlit, unforeseen grove?Or ski-jumping--headlong hovering, ski-tips piercing clouds, crystal revelations staggering my goggles?. ... Skittery flicker of a glare-weary lizardstartled into the sheltering wings of a leaf, rusting freighter with a brimming holdshimmering onto a red facet. . . .Sad rower driven from shore, i will disappear like circles summonedby an oar's dip. besides the fact that I burn via to the following surroundings, permit your expensive face be the very last thing I see.

Whether writing poems approximately North American existence and panorama; or love poems; or elegies for friends and family; or poems on severe, debilitating disease and the adjustments it could effect-- Partridge bargains in Chameleon Hours phrases solid by way of agony and braveness. filled with wit and empathy, Partridge's poems draw proposal from resources as whimsical as tortoises and pontoons, as poignant as a homeless lady taking take care of within a put up place of work on a iciness evening, and as deeply own as her personal melanoma prognosis at a tender age. Chameleon Hours is a publication concerning the rewards of being reminded of one's personal mortality and the lyric expression of lifestyles in all its depth

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Pinstriped shoulders; stifled cough. . Every week the agency sent her somewhere new. At Capital/Hente, she squinted at computer screens, circling wholesale orders in green. At Sadwell-Smythe she answered phones in their blush-pink atrium, alone. For Prudence Insurance, nine to three, she tapped in data on an old PC (hospital stays, rations of pills). At the gas company she issued bills. Every week, at each new place, she’d smile at an adjacent face, people who might or might not say “hi” when, going for coffee, they rushed by.

In the back field I found a tractor, its seat a rusty scoop, marooned by a barn unshingling itself. Perhaps you’ve moved to some spectral subdivision— buff garage doors, air conditioners exhaling, TVs exuding polar-cap blues. I heard one car snuffle off, thought I saw blinds jiggling. Your house might be any one in the series, impassive behind its interchangeable mailbox. • 27 • I hope that it’s the place you’ve always longed for— clapboard, ramshackle, gabled, views of a sapphire chip of bay, goldfinches tussling in the lilac bush.

22 • Te m p For once the bus hadn’t been late. She pressed “Up” at half-past eight, boarded, stood with averted eyes as the panelled cage began to rise. She watched the gleaming silver doors parting to show identical floors painted a flat oyster white, pebble-gray rugs, fluorescent light. A briefcase and two suits stepped off. Pinstriped shoulders; stifled cough. . Every week the agency sent her somewhere new. At Capital/Hente, she squinted at computer screens, circling wholesale orders in green.

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