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Laurie Kuntz

Self Portrait – A Poem by Laurie Kuntz

Self Portrait
by Laurie Kuntz

That’s me, the stick figure caught
in a cobweb.

My sparrow limbs can easily slide
out through the fragile filament,

but my fingers, stuck on sticky strands,
refuse to unclench,

and create this intricate tangle
of criss-cross gossamer.

I am both,
the spindled figure caught,

and the weaver who spins a lacey spider silk,
unable to escape and yet, comfortable

in a lattice of trapping designs.

About the Poet:

Laurie Kuntz is an award-winning poet and film producer. She taught creative writing and poetry in Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. Many of her poetic themes are a result of her working with Southeast Asian refugees for over a decade after the Vietnam War years. She has published one poetry collection (Somewhere in the Telling, Mellen Press) and two chapbooks (Simple Gestures, Texas Review Press and Women at the Onsen, Blue Light Press), as well as an ESL reader (The New Arrival, Books 1 & 2, Prentice Hall Publishers). Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her chapbook, Simple Gestures, won the Texas Review Poetry Chapbook  Contest. She was editor in chief of Blue Muse Magazine and a guest editor of Hunger Mountain Magazine.  She has produced documentaries on the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Law, and currently is producing a documentary on the peace process and reintegration of guerrilla soldiers in Colombia. She is the executive  producer of an Emmy winning short narrative film, Posthumous. Recently retired, she lives in an endless summer state of mind.

The Silk Kimono Jacket – A Poem by Laurie Kuntz

The Silk Kimono Jacket

is tossed in this bargain box,
its sleeves tangle in waves
of faded silk swans and blooming
flower patterns, purple and peach run

from the horn of the iris’s trumpet.

Many have worn it…

the wedding jacket of a milk maiden,
a gift for a mistress,
or a woman’s city coat.
Balled lint lines the pelican pockets,

a crumpled tissue, a wooden button, a hairpin,

Women grew in and out of this fabric
like the billowing of sails on erratic seas.
Cranes and flowers reeled together,
a rhymed pattern of seasoned colors.

The musky silk shimmers–in my hand, a palette of lives.

The years of wear are many…

I could settle on a lower price,
but it is not the bargain I want,
just the tight weave of memories.

 

 

 

About the Poet:
Laurie Kuntz recently retired after 30 years of teaching. She is now a film producer. Her experiences living in Asia and working with displaced people are reflected in much of her work.

 

 

 

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

 

 

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For the Broken – A Poem by Laurie Kuntz

For the Broken

I threw an apple core skyward
to see if it would reach the moon.

It fell into a field of wild roses,
which were eventually cut and posed
In a vase centered on a table
set with blue dragon cups.

Apple cores, cut flowers, porcelain tea cups:
a conscious choice between wonder and wonderful.

When poetry no longer mends
what has so long been broken,
Unsullied moonlight shining on a field of roses
replaces words–

Stanzas tossed skyward
singe roses clean of thorns.

 

 

 

About the Poet:
Laurie Kuntz recently retired after 30 years of teaching. She is now a film producer. Her experiences living in Asia and working with displaced people are reflected in much of her work.

 

 

 

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

Start your morning with a nourishing poem.  Follow us on  Twitter, Facebook, and  Tumblr,  and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

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