Textile Poem by Miriam Sagan

JOAN LOGGHE AND I WILL BE READING THIS SUNDAY AT THE MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART IN SANTA FE.
2-3 pm.
Free.

Textile

You call it memory and weave it tight,
Ancestors and snakes on the mat of dreams,
A tablecloth for morning stitched awake,
Rug hooked from whatever is at hand.

Ancestors and snakes on the mat of dreams,
Not clothed in feathers or fur, we won’t go naked,
Rug hooked from whatever is at hand,
Wrapped in a red coat dangling coins.

Not clothed in feathers or fur, we won’t go naked,
The stripes of the rug like soil horizons,
Wrapped in a red coat dangling coins,
We’ll treat the body like the warmth it is.

The stripes of the rug like soil horizons,
Lace, tent, or apron,
We’ll treat the body like the warmth it is,
An enclosure to call home.

Lace, tent, or apron,
Against the vastness of the plains and sky
An enclosure to call home–
The eye that sees, the eye that is threaded.

Against the vastness of the plains and sky
A child’s pair of embroidered shoes,
The eye that sees, the eye that is threaded,
Sampler alphabet spells out the self.

A child’s pair of embroidered shoes,
A tablecloth for morning stitched awake,
Sampler alphabet spells out the self,
You call it memory and weave it tight.

1 thought on “Textile Poem by Miriam Sagan

  1. Hi Miriam,
    I think a good prospect for your interview section is Dr. Ken Hada of East Central University in Ada, OK. He runs an intereting blog, “Dirt, Desire, Denial” and his poetry focuses on the southwest and ecological concerns. He visits Santa Fe area from time to time. He has a new poetry book just out and also is one of the authors featured in a new anthology, The Two Southwests (U.S. and China).

    My sister-in-law, Merrilee Tieche, is a textile artist in Missouri. She and I will be in Santa Fe May 24-28 for a short holiday. I am former columnist and poetry editor for ByLine magazine and continue writing and publishing poetry. My chapbook What Trees Know rec’d the 2008 Oklahoma Book Award. Merrilee and I would love to see your work and attend any special events coming up at that time. Best wishes, Sandra Soli sandrasoli@sbcglobal.net

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