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Jean L. Kreiling

Posted by admin on April 2, 2017

Jean L. Kreiling’s first collection of poems, The Truth in Dissonance (Kelsay Books), was published in 2014. Her work has appeared widely in print and online journals, including  American Arts Quarterly, Angle, The Evansville Review, Mezzo Cammin, and The Raintown Review, and in several anthologies.


“Girl in a Hammock”


(after the painting by Winslow Homer)


That’s me! I’d swear that’s me, although it’s true

that I don’t own a hammock, or a dress

that long and gauzy, and I don’t have two

big trees in my yard. But the idleness,

made blissful by the focus on a book  —  

that’s me. My darker hair and older face

don’t really match this girl’s, but when I look

at her, I swear I feel the soft embrace

of woven rope and see the filtered light

anointing her elysian ease: sunshine’s

descending beams colluding with the bright

sparks rising from a page of brilliant lines

to make a golden nimbus. It may be

that Homer would deny it  —  but that’s me.