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Naomi Ruth Lowinsky

TO MY BROTHER’S LATE DRAGON LADY

 

So many sagas     come

And gone     since you and I strode

The ‘70s

 

Sister–out–law

 

High boots     high skirts

You with your Nikons

Me with my notebook

 

Free lancers

 

To the counter culture

High on sass and chutzpah

We got the low down

 

On the Cult of ‘Do Jelly’

 

Me     just free

Of marriage     You

Never believed in it

 

Did the wild thing

 

With whomever

Lived with my brother

In perpetual

 

High drama

 

Plates flew

Cats cowered

Yours was the tongue of fire

 

He paid you back     big time

 

So many sagas come

And gone   That woman

He left you for

 

Threw a few plates of her own     He left her

 

For some Delilah     younger

Than my daughters   

She took him on a ride

 

And my brother?

 

You escaped his saga

Before you had to see him

Alone and rotting

 

In a flea bag motel    

In Venice    

Back in the day     he knew everyone

 

Scored a case of Chateau Neuf de Pape

 

From the year you were born

Wheeler dealer     glad hand host       

At your thirtieth birthday party

 

Listen Nikki   you’re what eats him

 

Who knew     you’d have no life without him

Dragon would devour you    

Forty never find you

    

In his nursing home

 

He tells me the same old same old story

I was the one who gave her

Her first Nikon

 

I was the one who made her

A great photographer

 

But I’m the one you backlit

In black and white     showing the world

How to wrap a sari

                                               Bare breasted

About the Writer      

 

            Naomi Ruth Lowinsky’s chapbook, The Little House on Stilts Remembers, won the Blue Light Poetry Prize. Her fourth full length collection, The Faust Woman Poems, traces one woman’s Faustian adventures during the 1960s and ‘70s, through Women’s Liberation and the return of the Goddess. Her memoir, The Sister from Below: When the Muse Gets Her Way tells stories about her pushy muse. A new collection of essays, The Rabbi, the Goddess and Jung: Getting the Word from Within has just been published.

            Lowinsky is a Jungian Analyst. She blogs about poetry and life at www.sisterfrombelow.com.

 
Contents
Poetry

Robert Rothman

 

-- Ambassador To A Distant Kingdom In The North County

-- The Monk's Halo

 

Leah MacLean-Evans

-- Blood Days Recipe

 

Paula Bernett

 

-- Memory Consumed So It Was Never

-- Quill and Brood

Gordon Massman

 

-- The Master of Nothing

-- My Appassionato

-- Finnegan's Religion

Naomi Ruth Lewinsky

 

-- To My Brother's Late Dragon Lady

Marie Andree-Auclaire

-- Closer Than One Thinks

Joelle Barron

-- Total Eclipse

-- House Stuff

Claire Matthews

-- My Underwear Drawer Houses the Book of Mormon

Claire Kelly

-- Poem for a Woman I Made Up

Benjamin Hertwig

-- sunday mornings, after Afghanistan

Eugenie Juliet Theall

-- Other than a Paperweight

Will Harris

-- Imam Ali Shrine

-- Kangaroo Wall

Prose

Mallory Tater

 

-- Heat Dream

 

Liz Johnston

 

-- Public Transit

Gardner Landry

 

-- Mayonaise

Benjamin Dugdale

-- Orlando Two Point O: Hashtag Forever Yung

Artwork and Photography

Gord Marci Jr.

-- Typewriter With Note

Allen Forrest

 

-- The New World Manbike 12 x 9 2016

-- The New World Workers 2 Ink 15 x 11 2016

Kerry Rawlinson

-- Mistry Trees

David Mutnjakovik

-- Let it Begin

Colette Campbell-Moscrop

-- Untitled-Gouache, Graphite, Ink and Watercolour on Laid-Textured Paper

-- Nope-Gouache, Graphite, Ink and Watercolour on Found Paper

-- Horrible Together, Full Circle-Ink on Cardboard Paper

Reviews

Margaret Crawford

 

-- A Review of Kathleen McCraken's Double Self-Portrait with Mirror: New and Selected Poems (1978-2014)

-- A Review of R. Aviars Utskins' The Hoosier Zebra and other "Poims"

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