“The ambiguity of / ‘and the eyes of them both / were opened’ / leaves me questioning.”
“Maybe it was Milton or Caedmon who / first claimed the Tree of Knowledge held apples.”
Originally published at the Purpled Nail.
“The earth, / in its own way, / lay wild and waste / without the worker.”
“It all resolves like a sentence / punctuated. / So soon / into the book of beginnings—”
“The Giant Impact Hypothesis / theorized that the moon / was a fragment—”
“Egypt alone needed a word for blue / in the time before grocery store orchids / stained the indigo of ballpoint pens. / A world without raspberry Slurpees / or Levi’s stonewash denim.”
Joe reads two new poems from his soon-to-be-released book of poems responding to Genesis. One is an original, and one is a translation of an Old English text.
“The beginning carries an end, / like the seed that forms / its new self.”
In this first episode of Season 3, Joe reads the titular (yes, you can laugh at that word) poem from his soon-to-be-released book of poems responding to the book of Genesis.
“The beginning was about tidiness / and arrangement, forming coherence / from chaos, a sculptor and a universe / of loam, a painter with words for bristles….”
In this Season 3 overview, Joe announces the new series of truly weekly readings, the format for these readings, and the upcoming In Beginning poetry collection.
Featured music for the season: Bach’s Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011 IV., “Sarabande.”