diary of a kingfisher
flooding on the atchafalaya river banks.
sasparilla, wild wisteria;
rangoon’s creeper & devil’s trumpet.
puncture the surface of the new bayou.
who’s to say where a new bayou comes from
where it goes
probably some old voodoo
back again. saint-saens wrote a new swan.
who’s to say where- - -
sunflash like a knife
the new bayou a slate-grey sheet
made suddenly transparent
silverfish. fruit of the delta
swirl & eddy; sublime mandala
of the gathering storm
fading to their depths.
kingfisher clutches a low-hanging branch.
cattails are a sun-kissed hunter’s blind
but the needle-nose bayonet is sheathed.
kingfisher’s head is heavy.
gravity is insurmountable;
too hungry to hunt
makes the gravity
of tomorrow’s hunt even greater
to become absorbed
in the Sistine ceiling
is trust that in looking,
in entering the painting-
God’s hand will become warm;
reach out for your’s.
have faith in this blue.
tomorrow’s haikus hang,
opulent in the sapphire.
just pick them up like Atalanta’s gold apples
don’t slow down
kingfisher never knows
the taste of tomorrow’s fish
the glory of the kingfisher is absolute power submitting absolutely
to the humiliation of the sea.
hover in silence-
a flurry of silver scales
renders him momentarily blind.
his heart wavers;
his eyes blaze to life again-
timid, like cirrus clouds.
iridescent flume in motion.
plunging into the blue like shatter-glass.
a slick of oil coats his feathers
but the taste of the feast is on his tongue.
he darts toward a silver flash;
spears the central artery.
fish heart dripping in his jaws,
he whirls upward toward the sun.
the blue is vast
& silken like melatonin
or the hudson river school
bloom & collapse
in waltz time
ballgowns that shudder
& whirl at the slightest
invocation of breeze
kingfisher’s heart becomes tall & pure
carved by a spinning blade of wind
as the Himalayas melt; patiently.
spire in the fume of sighs.
the bayou is a translcent scene,
backlit; given material weight
as the circling film reel is brought to life
by the projection bulb.
let your consciousness amble
through the scroll of the delta;
like calligraphy, daytime
apparates & fades
cypresses are an underpainting
of payne’s grey at dawn,
glazed in viridian by golden hour.
a swallow’s nest grows bright with charisma then hollow.
the bayou is a colorless form, draped
in so many moulting skins of light.
kingfisher acknowledges gently the sun diving
through horizon after horizon.
pressing gently through the aether
toward no soteriological end
A+HRRA award summer 2023
The Summer 2023 Arts + Human Rights Research Award will be open to submissions this summer (approx. 14:51 UTC June 21 2023 - 06:50 UTC September 23rd 2023). The topic of the Summer 2023 A+HRRA is AI, Computer Logic, and Human Rights.
th_Eroses, an arts publication www.theroses.xyz, is awarding $100 for a work of artistic / literary research that addresses or concerns human rights in conjunction with this season's topic, AI, Computer Logic, and Human Rights. The term 'research' here is intended to indicate the process of creation, exploration, and discovery, rather than the compiling of archival facts and/or materials, although the compiling of archival facts and/or materials may be a part of the process of exploration and discovery, or a part of the process of shaping the path or direction of discovery. This is intended to be an open-ended premise, to support the range of work that may occur in artists' and writers' unique processes.
From the UN:
"What Are Human Rights? Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination."
Successful submissions may, but are not required to, focus on investigative, process-based exploration and material discovery. Successful submissions may couple rigorous (or subjective) analysis with documentation of investigative, process-based exploration and discovery. Submissions do not need to be factual; forms of literary fiction, subjective expression, abstraction, choreography, and/or non-narrative presentations will be considered as well. Submissions in all languages and media are welcomed.
The goal of this award is to amplify artistic voices that inquisitively and critically approach the pressing issues of our time, to create a habitat where a unique form of creative journalism can thrive, and to provide th_Eroses readers with artistic / literary insights into key issues.
Please note: If your work is submitted and selected for the award, you consent to the publication of your submitted work by th_Eroses now and in the future. Not all submissions will win the award; there may be one submission chosen, or multiple submissions, or none of the submissions. Selected submissions will receive an email of acceptance and next steps.
Please submit work to email@example.com with "Entry: Arts + Human Rights Research Award" in the subject line.