This is the first in a new series of poems commissioned for Art and Everything After. Poets chose from a selection of new drawings called companions.Ms. Noonan selected the image above. A full size image can be seen here.
Immediately Drawn(after Steve)
Processions jump, timeless as a surface skimmed & skinned. Pinned to the description: limber notes for rehearsals, reversals that linger then shun. Can you recall the last time your tongue took the host, provoking? Do you wish you could take all the sacraments back, gathered like wind whipped into a helix spin? We are less ourselves than ethics might suggest. But know: a most furtive estrangement twitches between certain redemptive edges.
Ellen Noonan earned her MFA from Emerson College and is a lecturer in the English Department at Northeastern University in Boston. She has published work in University Reporter, Spectrum, Beacon Street Review, and Eunoia Review, with poems forthcoming in Pine Hills Review, 3Elements Review, and Crab Fat Literary Magazine. In 2014, she attended the inaugural session of Ashbery Home School.