Bless You, Father Walt
for lying stripped and singing
in the floes and fallows of your own body.
For granting us land-rights to your shaggy unkempt tongue
where through long syllables of scarlet leaves
we ride shanks-mare, drunk on the public road again.
Oh, bless me, Father Walt!
Lend me your large boots to caper and hoot at dusk,
make me shameless and grandiose, tender and foolish and brave.
Bless this false coin I use, stained as tinker’s ware –
turn it to tigers resting in the shadows of my mouth.
There is a wonderful review of Woman With Crows by writer Claire Farley in The California Journal of Women Writers:
I do not know Claire and had not seen the review, so it came as a joyous surprise to open my computer yesterday and read her words.
I am full of happiness – not just because she loved the book, but because she understood it – stood witness to it.
That is, I think, the deepest thing we are after as writers — to feel we connected.
TCJWW also interviewed me and this should appear in a couple of weeks.