We are pleased to present the first in a series of blog posts featuring work by our 2017 Firsts! contest finalists. This week, excerpts from two poems by Heidi Reszies.
[from a body invariably]
In driving rain
the river swells to touch
lingulate leaves tonguing
This is the part
I wade through the part
I break against
where I break into three parts the part where
I commit to unbroken attention where breath
becomes a vehicle a holding pattern
the way a body suspends swimming
the river is nothing apart from it nothing
floats back but in my dreams.
bend my mind moves naturally
this way water
an arrangement of volume
blue-green harmony discordant
sadness at times water is arbitrary nothing
is forced or pictorial.
Water at its original
impulse is what the body knows.
[from Recollections & Reenactments]
I read somewhere how quickly nature could crush us
Leaves are responsible for all this green
I translate onto flat horizontal surfaces
I simulate shade
I fall asleep with poems in my mouth
Watch them dissolve & integrate
Wake up we’re here
Heidi Reszies is a multidisciplinary artist living in Richmond, VA. Her poetry has recently appeared in BOAAT, Daily Gramma, Fog Machine, Forklift Ohio, FORTH Magazine, La Vague Journal, LEVELER, SUSAN/THE JOURNAL, and Queen of Cups. Her chapbook Recollections & Reenactments is forthcoming from Zoo Cake Press (2017). Heidi is the creator/curator of Artifact Press, publisher of limited edition poetry chapbooks that are typeset by hand and letterpress printed using an antique Kelsey Excelsior platen press and Challenge proof press. She currently serves as Design Director and Chapbook Series Editor at H_NGM_N Books.