Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sharon Thesen Introduces Rebekah Croker, All Movable

All movables of wonder

like you Little Breath; I watch rise and fall, a sawing log,
as last night’s story tingles from the printed pages
dropped, from hands to dreams to heart
and slits of light from the window blinds
connect your closed eyes with Italian tales of talking wood,
crickets, and paw-less cats, and blue fairies. But you’re more than pine or oak to me.
I worry, seizures, palpitations, water pushing at the back of my eyes
of when life will carve you out and string you up an adult,
one with seizures, palpitations, and mallets for hitting crickets.
But today you breathe slow, and push your blanket off, carelessly subconscious
of life without warmth, or of lack of fabrics, or of carefree hours starting at three,
or cookies with smiley faces who say nothing of claims and weights and now.
I sigh and woe with envy, adjusting the stuffed zoo around the bed skirt,
miniature socks and princess panties lie in wait,
and I speak out loud, “Time to get up babe.”
You say, “Can I stay in bed today?”
and even with you only six, I tie a string, the master puppeteer,
and tell you, “No.” The idea of Toyland Donkeys are an abomination here;
and your mother would have my hide,
if I didn’t pull up the blind and clap you out of childhood ease. I can feel my nose growing

-Rebekah Croker


[Editor's Note: This section of text excerpted from the longer serial multimedia poem The Day the Uber-Marionette Baffled.]

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Rebekah D. Croker has taken writing courses from Jake Kennedy and
Sharon Thesen at Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan. “The Day the
Uber-Marionette Baffled” was written to fulfil an assignment to write
a serial poem using rules or procedures, or what George Bowering calls
“baffles.” Rebekah’s 8-year-old niece volunteered to be the
constraint and the “baffles” Rebekah decided were her bedtimes, rising
times, mealtimes, play spaces, rules, etc. With now such shocking
awareness of the parental role in relation to the child/poem, the
speaker identifies herself as a reluctant master-puppeteeer. The poem
follows a 6-line, 6-line, 8-line stanza pattern for 7 pages of poem
and an eighth page of bibliography and the cut-out caption, “Craig’s
term Uber-marionette was obviously inspired by Nietzsche’s concept of
the Ubermensch, the superman who achieves the strength of will to
overcome his own weaknesses and rise above the limitations […]”. I
think Rebekah is a marvelously talented poet.

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Sharon Thesen is a poet, editor, and writer who was based in Vancouver, BC, before coming to UBC Okanagan in 2005. She is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent The Good Bacteria. Her books include a selected poems, News & Smoke, and several titles from the 1980’s and 90’s from Coach House Press in Toronto.

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