Previous Feature: Stefanie Bennett

Stefanie Bennett, ex-blues singer and musician, has published several books of poetry, a novel, and a libretto. She has also tutored at The Institute of Modern Languages (Cook University), and worked with Arts Action For Peace. Of mixed ancestry—Irish, Italian, Paugussett-Shawnee—you can learn more about her most recent collection of verse below . . .

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The Debit: The Re-United States

Once I hid behind lost things:
The shoebox where
My father kept
Tobacco pipes, war medals;
Madre’s kitchen drawer
Full of banished
Love letters, curios,
And Blue Grass perfume.

Invisibly, I stalked nine grandparents’
Mysterious origins
Making them my own—
Tripping across
Siracusa, Killarney, Again,
America “the beautiful,”
Berlin, Naples . . .
Questioning how language
And customs coalesced.

Immigrants, I learned,
Build harmony
By rational misadventure,
Letting loose
The strings
Of a sometime sorrow
Spilt when
No one’s near.

And I? I’ve yet to uncover
Which part of me now
Is rain squall
Or rock
Mossed over.

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Own It! Standing Rock

They talk of corn—Caribbean blue.
Tri-gold. Matte-white.
Geordie, Tipperary Tigress
Astride her sun-kissed vale.
Vittoria, immigrant. Mother
To three at eighteen
Light years. And—
Melissa, stately in deer-hide
Polishing a nation’s bloodstone.

“You are the husk of our dawn star,”
They intone. “You are
What’s left of the coup.”

I am The Straw Woman
Cross-stitching
My own eyelids
Where
The bone walk’s
One half octave
Away.

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All Hail! Stefanie Bennett’s most recent collection of verse, The Vanishing (2015), is available via Walleah Press. Simply click on the cover image below to learn more . . .

 And, take added note, Stefanie’s book is also available via Amazon.
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