IN THE SILENT CINEMA MAGNOLIAS RAIN WHITE AGAIN


KAREN RIGBY



For you the theater’s hush 

                                     before a piano

introduces spring

                                     the screen behind

lit with streetcars

                                     a century gone

petals blowing through

                                     their open sides.

For you even reels

                                     alter their frames

to show a city

                                     like none that ever existed:

none of the wars

                                     or rectilinear graves.

Time skips so everyone’s

                                     standing or rushing

away, but today petals

                                     shook in fragrant song

continue to play.



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Listen to Gymnopédie No. 1 by Erik Satie, selected to accompany Karen's work, below:

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KAREN RIGBY (she) is the author of Chinoiserie (Ahsahta Press). A 2007 National Endowment for the Arts literature fellow, her poems have been published in The London Magazine, Australian Book Review, and Grain. www.karenrigby.com