M

Black Dog Enters the Sea of Monet

by Lynn Wagner

 

Lilies span the triptych     a full forty feet.     What keeps
   my heart awake,      the painter says,     is colorful silence.
A dragonfly alights     in a blur on black dog’s      nose
   yet Monet sees none of this.     The whole canvas
     now a bluer blue.   Black dog drifts

     out of the frame.    She casts    a wet shadow
while her paws      pedal slow circles     under water,
   a world    of violet and blues     and greens,   hint

of pink lotus     that part   with black dog’s calm
     paddling.     She cuts through     the clouds of heaven
          like a purple storm pressed     upon liquid
skin.       Clouds split      and coalesce     in her passing.  
    This swim, a silent running –  one long perpetual wave  

 

Lynn Wagner is the author of the chapbook, No Blues This Raucous Song. Her poems have appeared in Shenandoah, Subtropics, West Branch, Cavewall and other journals. She earned an MFA in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh and lives and writes in Denver, Colorado where she teaches. poetry at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Find her at https://lynnwagner.com.

 

See what happens when you click below.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “Black Dog Enters the Sea of Monet”?

A friend took me to the Monet show at Denver Art Museum as a birthday present. Throughout the whole show I was salivating to see the water lilies. The exhibition had smaller ones but not the large paintings I remembered from abroad. I am working on a series of black dog poems so she entered in. The exact painting is “Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond” at the MoMA. This poem benefitted from a workshop and a trusted poetry friend—thanks Chris, thanks Cate!

News

Check out the write-up of the journal in The Writer.

Matter Press recently released titles from Meg Boscov, Abby Frucht, Robert McBrearty, Tori Bond, Kathy Fish, and Christopher Allen. Click here.

Matter Press is now offering private flash fiction workshops and critiques of flash fiction collections here.

Submissions

Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions are now OPEN. The submission period closes June 15, 2020; submit here.

Upcoming

10/19 • Lucy Zhang
10/20 • Helen Beer
10/22 • Donald Ranard
10/26 • Diane Gillette
10/29 • Marsha McSpadden