Wednesday, January 7, 2009

LIQUID RUBIES is published!!!

My poetry chapbook, "Liquid Rubies" arrived on my doorstep today and I had to share my good news. I will post information about ordering it as soon as I can. I will warn you that they are not pretty poems. The term "Liquid Rubies" comes from the notion of the blood we shed and the scars we accumulate in this life here on earth. Here is a poem included in this collection:


In the womb my blood sifted into her, through
the portal she was resurrected into hands, arms, light.

Rivers of blood followed her out of my body
for days my cowardly legs refused the sanitary corridors.

Transfused with exotic plasma
God lifted my veil to see

a new body, a new world and my lifeblood
in her innocent earlobes and unscarred knees.

It was Mother's Day as it has been
ever since the bloodletting.

As a child I told my mother
I loved her so much it was red,

red as the sight of liquid rubies
coming from nose and toes until

it was my daughter and I bleeding
in the same space, two women.

Now we walk the New York streets and my love
for her is as red as the blood she owns or

my relentless bloodletting
letting go.


RachelW said...

What a wonderful birthing poem. Blood is such a powerful substance. Congratulations on the publication of your chapbook!

Daniel Bell said...

YES! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Bring one on Monday. I'll bring $$$. Congrats. You are one of those rare poets--one who actually makes me feel.

Cheryl said...

Congratulations! I'm very happy for you :)

Leslie Waddelll said...

Dear Cous' I am so proud of you I could just burst! Can't wait to buy your chapbook! Don't forget to autograph it for me!
Love ya!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Congratulations. I'll order when you have info.

SandyCarlson said...

Oh. That. Is. Good. Wow. Exactly the experience of being a mother. Perfect, Diane.

Congratulations on the publication of your book.

Amy said...

Wonderful news, Diane!! I've been awaiting these words!!! Please bring me a copy. Like Dan, I'll have my $$ with me. I'm so happy for you. This is a big deal. Congratulations!!!

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Anonymous said...

That was beautiful.

John Ettorre said...

Congratulations, Diane. Can't wait to get ahold of it.

won said...

Wow... just wow.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Beautiful Beautiful poem, Diane....!!
Oh, I dearly look forward to getting that book of yours...So PLEASE do let us know how we will be able to do that...!

quakerdave said...

Great poem.

Congrats on your publication.