Diane Frank
USA

Diane Frank is an award-winning poet and author of five books of poems, including Entering the Word Temple and The Winter Life of Shooting Stars. Her friends describe her as a harem of seven women in one very small body. She lives in San Francisco where she dances, plays cello, and creates her life as an art form. Diane teaches at San Francisco State University, leads workshops for young writers as a Poet in the School, and directs the Blue Light Press On-line Poetry Workshop.  She is also a documentary scriptwriter with expertise in Eastern and sacred art. Blackberries in the Dream House, her first novel, won the Chelson Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  More of her writing is available on her website,    www.dianefrank.net

By a Farm House in Corvallis  

His hand is like a hummingbird
difficult to see or freeze frame
at each end of a wide vibrato 
 
Violin music floating
through a wind tunnel.
 
We kiss in a hot spring
love each other under the open sky
in shoulder high water,
his eyes radiant as the wings
of a blue heron. 
 
We swim inside
swan light, sky ballet
lifting through the aurora
 
Eggshell blue notes, crazy happy,
stolen time.

 

Letter to Alaska

The full moon is surrounded
by a wide copper ring, 
an expanse of light like the halo of a saint. 
 
In the morning,
I am surrounded with eucalyptus
and redwood trees, camellias, calla lilies,
and the swans mysterious
and astoundingly beautiful creatures.
 
In my dreams you kiss me.
Your music floats in from Alaska
in streams of aurora borealis. 
 
Inside the aurora
one of my swans floats through  
the cadence of a cello,
streaming from the heart
held inside the holy place,
swan lights, sky ballet. 

 

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