- Memory of a Paul Klee Painting
A lantern, or a birdhouse. . . the shape of shelter silhouetted against a forest of songbirds and vines in shady greens, or cameo red. . . the color of brainpan, that mossy garden, everything made profound by the sacred eyes. With mitten cords to sensation, a sturdy-built sound, black pupils ringing with windowpanes. A memory borrowed from my missing twin, a ghost of extrasensory perception. And you, behind my field of view as if you were a deer at the forest edge, capture me by holding your breath. I see you without seeing you.
Kathleen Flenniken’s poems have been published in the Seattle Review, the Iowa Review, the Southern Review, and others. Her first collection of poetry, Famous, is the winner of the 2005 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press.