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Two poems by Robin Lee Jordan

Youth, No. 4

crunch of what breath
what trite death

you are moonless
you are spinning
and then
you stop

ants splotch
your otherwise
umbilical existence

without sister
without spider
without breasts to burden

she is dirt on cricket wing
the un-clatter
of a wheat field
before it ripens

coyote coughing
a fetal purr
a cooing
a did-you-see

clear your throat
what you don’t
hear is the sick
thread that holds
us close

#4: Ritual Collaborator: Adam Drury

Old Age, No 10

you will not count
the tidy years

you’ll pocket
desert moonlight

dip a finger
into a pond
and it will pink

this feels right
you’ll think

a fish fisted
a paisley flash

cold bead plucked
from something
you didn’t used to be


every wrong decision
will lead here too

all the things
i won’t have
said to you

you always

welcome to the only place
you’ve never been
it keeps going

you’ll brighten
you’re brightening

#10: Ritual Collaborators: Adam Drury, Megan Kyle, Jesse Miller, & Maria Maxfield

About the Poet

robin lee jordan

Robin Lee Jordan is a poet, teaching artist, zine-maker, & collage-based visual artist with an interest in multimodal, interactive, & collaborative creation. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University and wrote the chapbooks Morning Blessing Poems (Foundlings Press) and THEY ATE EACH OTHER UP (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs). She occasionally maintains the (B)uffalo (A)rt (D)ispensary, a coin-operated, micro-art dispenser. Robin has worked with Just Buffalo since 2012 as a teaching artist and now acts as the Director of Just Buffalo’s Writing Center, a creative writing program for teens.

These two poems were produced through a process of a series collaborative artmaking rituals inspired by the paintings of 20th century Swedish visual artist Hilma af Klint that Jordan organized with friends. They will be part of a libretto for an opera Jordan is composing with her friend, MET opera singer Maria Maxfield and her partner, guitarist, Adam Drury. The libretto will also be a chapbook published by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs.

Related Event

    • Robin Lee Jordan will join poets Brenda Iijima and Janice Lee for an evening of readings at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2nd at Just Buffalo Literary Center, 468 Washington St., 2nd floor, in Buffalo. Books by all three poets will be available for purchase at the reading from Fitz Books. .

The Poem of the Week feature is curated by literary legacy awardee R.D. Pohl.