Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 6 • Summer 2003 • Featured Lodestar Writer • Poetry

From Beginning to New Beginning: A Cycle of Poetry

Patricia Nell Warren

Excerpts from "Minimal Poems"

From her fourth book, Horse With the Green Vinyl Mane, published in sections in Suchasnist, which had never appeared as a separate book.


My child, the world has
a birthday gift for you:
a new carousel, not with horses
but with pink and blue bombs.
Don't worry -- the bombs aren't real.
How merrily they go up and down to the music -- can't you hear them?
The carousel is so new, my child, that it doesn't have
a single child's fingerprint on it.
What did you say? Well, you dreamed about
some good-hearted robot
and he built you this carousel
out of his cybernetic fata morgana.
Even a robot was a child once!
Jump on that carousel, kid, and don't be scared --
They assured me that the bombs are just toys.


I let you come into my secret world.
There is nothing interesting here,
just electrons scoured clean of emotion.
There are no sins, just lichens
gnawing at the rocks.
The sun, the sandstorms
have nothing to do with us.
The comet is alone. I am alone --
we both are strangers, nations without borders.
Even uranium is unfree,
since nobody knows about bombs here.

I free myself
into this real world
where even poetry does not exist.


From Beginning to New Beginning: A Cycle of Poetry

Untitled Poem, Case History, Anti-Season, Excerpt from "Some Kind Of Kasida", The Matador's Prayer, Excerpts from "Minimal Poems", Memoirs

Patricia Nell Warren

Patricia Nell Warren has 40 years' experience in publishing. Starting in 1959 at The Reader's Digest, she rose to book editor, working with a number of prominent authors, till 1980. Her own author career started in 1971, with a first novel from Dial Press. She published bestsellers The Front Runner, Harlan's Race, and Billy's Boy. Today she is co-owner and co-founder, with author/publicist Tyler St. Mark, of Wildcat Press, an independent author imprint. She belongs to The Authors Guild, is active in the ad-hoc group working to launch a gay publishing association, and serves as consultant for a growing number of self-publishing authors.

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