Photography © Jennifer Matthews


All Things Made & Unmade

what remains is still at least bronze
and tested with fire
though often forgotten, grown corrosive green

there are still dreams of old heroes
and visions vivid, ecstatic, playing on the walls
molded and incubated under our boiling spring

inside i see the hidden mechanism itself
wanting to be golden
feverish, and too hungry for its own good

will our fractured totem be claimed and recognized
shining from within, calling to be remedied and
released from what seems like centuries of unrest

sometimes our blood runs like this
and satisfaction comes only with the tune
of a silver string pulled gently and easily at night

morning comes quickly and the songs
remind us that we cannot control the colors
seen and unseen, both ripe and still blooming


Timothy D. Maguder is an artist and writer currently living in New Orleans. He is serving as English faculty at Louisiana State University.

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.