Photography © Jennifer Matthews


Irving Afternoon

Irving soft soars
this afternoon’s tempo
uneven rush rest
clutter electric
Spring’s turbulent
velvet aural scent
crimson and nimble
silk-tongued sound
animal prints
and dirty martinis

sticky rhythm
twirls hat and cane
soul train lines
sweat, scat and African spice
rubs new paths
on burnished bass lines
and somewhere a simple cymbal
scatters treble


Anabell Donovan (Anna Eusthacia) is a psychologist and educator dedicated to student success. She wants to “start where language ends.”

Poet/Photographer Jennifer Matthews’ poetry has been published in Nepal by Pen Himalaya and locally by the Wilderness Retreat Writers Organization, Midway Journal, The Somerville Times, Ibbetson Street Press and Boston Girl Guide. Jennifer was nominated for a poetry award by the Cambridge Arts Council for her book of Poetry Fairy Tales and Misdemeanors. Her songs have been released nationally and internationally and her photography has been used as covers for a number of Ibbetson Street Press poetry books and has been exhibited at The Middle East Restaurant, 1369 Coffeehouses, Sound Bites Restaurant in Somerville and McLean Hospital.