Poems from Determining Sky:
“Mountains Come to Me”
I lie so still.
In this room of walls
and stared-at ceiling, everything
I give away –
and dark-filled corners
Spin your fast world.
I am mooring.
My prayers bring
dawn and the cobalt dusk.
pull the stars
“In Marin County”
Sabine and I have the same chronic illness. She’s so thin now she
wears quilted slacks, a sweater, green wool scarf around her neck.
It’s late June. Talking takes energy. Mostly, we are silent. We are
silent as we eat dinner with the patio door open – listening to the
creek and the reedy notes of the mourning dove.
What I crave in rich conversations with friends is what I feel with
Sabine when we’re silent . . . the mourning dove, robin landing
on the deck, the poppy in the garden.
the day before
Comments about Determining Sky:
“With the grace of every breath and pen stroke, Melanie Green shows us how much there is to love. This writer stands witness to the miracles of the world.”
“Here are poems of courage and great good humor, of world-reverence, earth-reverence. Here is the voice that says, ‘For one stuttering light / to touch me / I would get on my knees.” The title of this collection’s first poem asks, ‘Where Should You Listen’ The poems themselves answer that question for you: inside the pages of this book. When you do listen here, prepare to be moved.”
Melanie Green has climbed Mt. Hood twice, raced her motorcycle at Portland International Raceway, worked construction jobs, in an office, as a nanny, a security guard, a ski instructor, and for Greenpeace.
She grew up in Washington and Oregon, lived in California, Colorado, and British Columbia before returning to Portland, which is now home.
Living with chronic fatigue syndrome since 1988 has curtailed her athletic activities.
She now writes, reads, enjoys nature photography, meditation, and the video arcade.
Green has studied poetry with Carolyn Forche, Michele Glazer, Linda Gregg, Paulann Petersen, Peter Sears, and Bill Siverly.
Her poems have been published in The Oregonian, Windfall, The Christian Science Monitor, Fireweed, and elsewhere.
Determining Sky is her first book of poems.