Cheryl J. Fish
Unabashed For Martha King
The Poetry Project, our full-service station for
visual verbal musical mobile
Soulful generosity curated, unabashed
Memories move within enlarged spaces
So many friends gone.
Part of our everything.
Transported by art and arrows: Pages on canvas.
In one issue alone, Project Newsletter 132, Feb/March
1989: Your Giants Play Well in the Drizzle journal.
Basil’s talk, “A Painter’s Bestiary,” featuring poems
written for painters Johns, Warhol
O’Keefe, Tomlin. Workshops by Bernadette Mayer,
Carmen Valle, Murat Nemet-Nejat, Kofi Netambu.
Waldman/Kraus, Cooper/Houston-Jones, Elmslie/Almon
Grimsted/Reed/Blank. A Celebration of virtuoso
Miguel Pinero, hosted by M. Algarin, A. Baraka and N. Shange.
Poems by Bill Kushner, Bob Hershon, The Portable Lower
East Side reading, many, many more.
How glorious to recall this magnanimous feast.
How many brilliant lights in lines and shouts.
Memory/pride, hallelujah. Achievements, Martha.
You on the podium of dreams.
Language-arts. Finding jobs
for friends. In tranquility and rain.
Keep it tender as you tend
Sweet life the multivalence of voice.
In the middle of the street
You stand still, buttoned up
In the middle
When sidewalks empty
Transversing the middle
A treasured memory
not apart from the window
where a face deflects
the measure of glass.
Truck slams on brakes
Somewhere in the farthest lane
Assembling what you
Made in the middle of
What habit-forming does
attending to the diagram
in the middle
of the street.
(An earlier version of this poem appeared in
The Newsletter of the Poetry Project #135 Dec/Jan. 1989-90)