Two Poems

by Carolye Kuchta

Carolye E. Kuchta’s poetry has been published in Grain, PRISM, and sub-Terrain, and aired on The Poetry Show on KUSP, Santa Cruz, California. She has worked as a researcher, an editorial consultant, a university professor, an editor for Susila Dharma International, a scriptwriter for Borderless World Productions, and a freelance producer for CBC Radio’s North by Northwest. She is the editor of Breadwinner: The Life of Leo Poulos and a regular contributor for Parents Canada Magazine. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing and MA in English Literature from the University of British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Acupuncture

Hair-thin steel slides beneath skin.
The music box ballerina poised on a needle.

I stand at the edge of myself.
Middle-aged. A turn of the crank.

The barrel rolls, silver notes sound.
The ocean rubs against stones.

Fingertips memorized the bumps.
Our real names are spoken in octaves.

A dancer, sealed in a dusty wooden chest.
I hear my song, but not who sings it.

Waves skip over and skip over.
A fine metal pulse beats to no music.

 

Temporary Magician

For a while you let me play the Magician.
You pass me your ticket. I unfold doves

from my fingers. I appear like a miracle
on the stage you’ve carved out of

air. I tell fairy tales. Forests
sprout up from the earth. This path

right here, I whisper, leads to the cabin
where you’ve always lived but didn’t

know it. This, I say, is your home.
A wood block with the premonition

of heat. Tablecloth, baked apples,
apron strings tied at my waist for you

to loosen. I unfold snow on the forest,
sheets onto the bed. I reach into

your shirt pocket and unfold
love letters, fanning them into

a succession of sunrises, steaming up
from the earth. Wake up, wake up.

 


Carolye E. Kuchta’s poetry has been published in Grain, PRISM, and sub-Terrain, and aired on The Poetry Show on KUSP, Santa Cruz, California. She has worked as a researcher, an editorial consultant, a university professor, an editor for Susila Dharma International, a scriptwriter for Borderless World Productions, and a freelance producer for CBC Radio’s North by Northwest. She is the editor of Breadwinner: The Life of Leo Poulos and a regular contributor for Parents Canada Magazine. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing and MA in English Literature from the University of British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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