The Poetry Slave

Ashley Capes and Jane Williams have just posted their first collaborative poem over at the poetry slave. The poem was written in response to expressionist painter Marc Chagall’s work, Les Fiances de  la Tour Eiffel. And as with all good collaborations, it has brought out the best in both poet’s work. There is an incredible energy that resides in the poem. Love, birth and becoming a parent are prominent themes.

Ashley opens the poem with the lines:

now I have taken all the bread and gathered it
inside my whale-like belly
for another time, or for when they dissect me
or if I have children

And later Jane responds:

through a red fog
a father sees his father
in the shape of
his own raised fist
and stops

Importantly, throughout the poem both voices maintain their own unique music, but when they come together, they sing in harmony.

Ashley is currently involved in a number of exciting projects, so checking out the links on this page will also yield good things – kipple, holland1947, issa’s snail and his own personal blog are all well worth the visit. And Jane’s blog also features many poems/stories from her recent collections The Last Tourist, Other Lives, Begging the Question and Outside Temple Boundaries. In short… there’s plenty to enjoy here!


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5 responses to “The Poetry Slave

  1. Mark William Jackson

    Excellent review, Ashley has certainly been very busy lately, he has also just launched his collection ‘Stepping Over Seasons’ through Interactive Press (ISBN: 1921479329 9781921479328).

  2. Thank you for the support, Graham, for taking the time to write such an insightful post, you’re the greatest! Really happy you liked it and will be sure to pass this on to Jane too. It’s a good feeling to see that others think our voices worked in harmony with the slave.

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