Skinny-Dipping with the Muse

Skinny-Dipping with the Muse

by Ellen S Jaffe


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Divided into five sections, the poems in this collection relate to the writer's experience of diving "into the destructive element" (in Joseph Conrad's words), naked, vulnerable, stripping off clothes, masks, and preconceptions in a process of connecting with the "creative spirit" in a way that is playful, loving, emotionally rich and wet, care-full, and spontaneous.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550718430
Publisher: Guernica Editions Inc
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Series: Essential Poetry Series , #211
Edition description: None
Pages: 85
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Born in New York City, Ellen S. Jaffe came to Canada in 1979, married a Canadian, and decided to remain when the marriage ended. Her published books include Writing Your Way: Creating a Personal Journal; Water Children (poetry); Feast of Lights: a young adult novel; and Syntymalauluja/Birth Songs, a collection of poems translated into Finnish. She has also written and produced plays for children and adults. She lives in Hamilton where she has been active in the city's literary scene.

Table of Contents

Skinny-Dipping with the Muse 11

I Forms of Kaddish

Inanna on the Subway 15

The Moons of Saturn 16

Erie Lighthouse #3 18

Planting Bulbs for Heathers Grandmother 19

Mary: Warm in a Cold Season 20

What Remains 22

Sleeping 24

Snow Angel 25

Moving 27

My Mother's Kitchen 29

Flocking 31

All That Jazz 33

Father's Day 2005: At the Stadium Formerly Known as Sky Dome 34

My Father Before the War 35

If My Father Had Written Poems 37

Ghost Child 39

Childhood Then 40

Snow 41

II Love Stories

About Time 45

Varadero 48

Fay Wray Writes to King Kong 50

In the Kitchen 52

Swan Lake 53

Springing, Longing 55

The Deer at Cootes Paradise 56

Fish Dreams 58

In Newfoundland 59

What We Think We Know 60

Her Story 62

Bosque del Apache 64

In Mexico 65

Angel Fire 67

Lost Heart Highway 68

Smoke 70

Continental Drift 73

Want and Desire 75

Mammograms 76

Fears: a love poem 78

No Words 79

III Bearing Witness

In the Present Climate (April 18, 2010) 83

Night and Fog 85

Remembering September Tenth 86

This is the Dream 87

In Cuba: Museum of the Revolution 89

IV "What is There to Say …?"

"What Is There to Say When…" 93

M.C. Escher Series 95

Miriam's Well 98

Amazing Grace 100

Ruby Slippers 102

Like Light in the Desert 104

The Bar at the End of the Universe 106

There is a Day 107

Acknowledgements 108

Works Quoted or Cited 111

About the Author 113

About her Work 114

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