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16 March 2009 @ 12:58 am
9 things about oracles  
Thanks to papersky , who wrote the first post, and elisem , who made the pendant that inspired said post and got me thinking in threads and webs.

Random comment:  there is sort of tarot major arcana allusion running through this, though section I  is more of a 0 than a I.   It wasn't really conscious, and I may be the only person who sees it...

Nine things about oracles

She isn't your sister
your mother
your girl
The oracle is not yours

Nor is she hers

Time threads
hope threads
kin bonds

To see one, she cuts the others away.

Well, why did you think she lives alone?

Yes. She lives alone.
Yes, she lives

You don't hear her
in shuffled cards
In rattled chips of slate or ash
or fingerbone
in smoke
Not even in that clear-eyed goodbye
before the accident
These are echoes

Her fingers, questing, pluck at threads
wound tight

Her shadow falls
into words

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shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
Thank you!

And thanks for the heads up on Rachel Pollack's book. I really like her 2-book discussion of the Haindl tarot deck. However, I'm three and a bit major arcana into a sonnet cycle myself, and am sort of avoiding other people's tarot poetry till it stops poking at me. This may take a few years; it's been slow so far (so I may need to buy the book and sit on it if I'm not to lose it to the out-of-print demons).

John M. Ford has a tarot sonnet cycle too (he would!) in Heat of Fusion, which I didn't find out about till I was a sonnet and a half into mine. I've been Not Looking, because reading Mike Ford's poetry makes me feel like such a poser, but I bet it's odd and lovely :)
Lawrence Schimeldesayunoencama on March 17th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
Oh! I didn't know about the Ford sequence. HEAT OF FUSION is one of the very few Ford books I have not yet read. Will hunt for a copy. Thanks.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 17th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
I only know about it because elsmi told me about it; I'm not looking.

I'm probably being silly, though. I don't write anything like Mike Ford, so it doesn't, shouldn't matter if he was smarter than me.