from R Is the Artichoke of Rose



the impulse to flesh out,

panoramic: microbes

surfing the blade of a wavecrest,

muslin rose on taupe

Foghorn lows

over the Nile. In Paris,

cats prowl from balcony

to balcony, seeking

an open window.


birds warble in trees

of wax.

plastic raspberries linked with safety pins

dull flavour of stewed rubies

stoplight blinking in a junkyard

who’s to say outside the train

what’s ground, what’s


wind a looser shade

swarms ago

each wave barrelling over a

slant a diminuendo

of urgency

here and now

for reasons long flown








Camille Martin is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Looms (2012) and Sonnets (2010), both from Shearsman Books in the UK. She has performed her poetry in more than thirty cities in North America and Europe. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University and an MFA in Poetry from the University of New Orleans. She makes her home in Toronto.

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One Response to Selections from “R Is the Artichoke of Rose” by Camille Martin

  1. Murat Nemet-Nejat says:

    Good poems!

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