A hundred throats of fire
burn like apostles or protestors
in my garden's half-light.
In the great hall of Cocteau's Beast
hold out fire.
So Day lights its lilies like torches
to peer into the room
where Beauty dreams.
A Blood Orange
Sang froid. Sweet's freeze.
Ruby veins squeezed
A slice held to the light's
stained glass -- Chartres' rose
window-- or it's daybreak behind
a mountain as high as the pass.
Jean Monahan is the author of three books of poetry: Hands (chosen by Donald Hall to win the 1991 Anhinga Prize); and Believe It or Not and Mauled Illusionist, both published by Orchises Press (1999 and 2006). She has received several awards and an artist residency. Jean has work published in many journals and magazines, including Poetry and Atlantic Monthly and anthologies. Her MFA in Creative Writing is from Columbia University's School of the Arts. She lives in Salem, MA.
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