h o m e........
p a s t   i s s u e s....
s u b m i s s i o n s....
l i n k s

 

 

.........
CATHERINE THEIS  



...........
MEDEA SPEAKS (4)


   

Eyewitnesses   [The blind-out spot]
replaced [knowing
eye]

    [sun] [sun] [sun]  Remember

It was an accident?

Chased out of town [a criminal]

Then, Euripides
            [oh yeah, him] [that play] [I’m going to be late]

                          [Meddled
with my bulbs]  I can’t prove it

Remedies: toothaches: stomach cramps: insomnia: heatstroke
 
[countless children]   [including my own]
                Administer

      I suffered [centuries] [centuries] [centuries] [centuries] [centuries] [centuries] [centuries]

at the Shrub of Fate







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CHORUS OF FLAMES SPEAKS (2)

Smoke Smoke
    
Smoke Smokesmoke
     where shaft continues
         to ceiling to roof  
then             Smoke
    Smoke       Smokewillow
          catch match smoke
       windsmoke     ghost
      Years tar
Pine paper pasture   faster smoke

Roof’s a good place to start
        Dry roast, dry rusk
of toast       breakfast burned

           Memories stacked in
Proustian description
       Poisoned children
All those unborn
    
    My eyes burn

Flaming diadem melts skin to bone







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SPEECH (3)


 

[midnight pilgrimage] [penance burning]
[scorched earth] [vertigo]
[rising flames] [destruction] [easy]
[river] [trapdoor]
[children-closed]
[tidy up] [curtain’s close]
[river] [horses drown]
[telephone] [buried snow]
[habit-forming] [leave]
[walk] [woods] [photographs]
[fire ire]







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HUSBAND SPEAKS (4)


   

Violence is primitive
but widespread.
A gallon of milk
to water the weeds.
Medea is carried across
a wooded lot.
Her silver sandals,
perfect slipper moons.
The smell of burning.
Our insides rich
with talkings and imaginings.
The window shade its own puppet
theater—Lear Head and Outlaw.
Words can mean anything:
Truce, truce, truce.
She carries a briefcase
but her body means,
“withhold judgment.”







...........
CANTEEN (5)

   

canteen-kiss
a potion
list
public mist
stitching-stench
//////intemperate
flame
double
\\\\\dealing
burn
deceit
adulterous-two
tap a root
lemon juice
rotten-tooths
bodies
dead

[[[[[[fallen]]]]]]]

CADERE

 

 

 

BIO: Catherine Theis is the author of The Fraud of Good Sleep (Salt Modern Poets, 2011). Her poems and plays have appeared in various journals, including FenceGulf Coast1913: a journal of forms, and Volt. She is a recipient of an Individual Artists Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council. Her chapbook, The June Cuckold, is published by Convulsive Editions. She is a Provost Fellow at the University of Southern California.





 

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