Surprise Valentine Poem for You

14 Feb

A friend’s poetry chapbook arrived in the mail today, just in time. Here’s a brief excerpt:

“Selene cut the blooms from the neighbors’ roses,
Floating them with oil in the bath. I counted
Twelve wicks. Less my bifocals, they were straight tongues.
Making love in petals and half-drowned rose scent
Feels like something aphids do after rainstorms.”

–From Strutting, Attracting, Snapping  

Poems by Michael Odom


Go ahead, you know you want to buy this book…you’re only a click away. 

5 Responses to “Surprise Valentine Poem for You”

  1. Call of the Siren March 8, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Odom’s poetry seems very David Ferry-esque … lovely mix of the contemporary and the classical. Not to mention the cover is pretty great. I just ordered my copy! Send him my best wishes for continued success!

    • Jilanne Hoffmann March 8, 2013 at 11:03 am #

      Thanks, Nick! I will pass on your kind words to Michael. My bookstore just called to tell me my copy of “Demonologist” has arrived, so I asked them to set aside a copy of “Bewilderment” for me, too. Can’t wait to walk up the hill this afternoon!

      • Call of the Siren March 11, 2013 at 9:51 am #

        Thanks for sending him my best wishes, Jilanne. Just some cautionary advice for “The Demonologist”: I was rereading it last night while the rest of the family was out and the house was quiet …. not a good thing to do with a creepy book! Unless you enjoy goosebumps!

        • Jilanne Hoffmann March 11, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

          Yes, it has me in its grips right now. Stay tuned…


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