Bright Turquoise Umbrella

Bright Turquoise Umbrella by Hermine Meinhard

I picked up this book because it was from Tupelo Press (2004), a small poetry publisher that has brought out many fine books, and noticed it was inscribed by the author (to Avanelle).  I didn’t know anything about Hermine Meinhard  except that she is was the editor of 3rd Bed, an excellent literary magazine.

This  is a sharp mix of mostly short poems and prose poems with bright colors and a dark surrealism. Consider:

Noon

A woman with hair of fire standing under a tree

a baby on the ground beside her

suckling a yellow liquid

At once the flames rise up and ignite the tree

which burns continually until dark

These poems are strikingly spare, almost simple, but have real resonance. A real joy to read.  Grade: B+.

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