Monday 5 May 2014

2 Poems by Christine Haverington

The Undancing of the Torpedo Shape, 1984

The undancing of the torpedo shape
Museum purchase 33.58.2
painted wood, wire and sheet metal
When did you accomplish this
this plexiglass-angled space?
How did you get him in there
lure him with an afterlife?
He hardly fits.
You've taken away his sky and given
invisible flat air--
Calder taps against the roof, hard.

Vast Self-crippling Sea

Vast self-crippling sea
refusing coalescence
Invents its own forbidding shore, and hobbles on
in its helpless wash
bumping drop against another:
Lip coils from lip
foams, spews saliva, folds in on itself like some
oceanic omelet
convulses, and dies.


Christine Haverington has a bachelor’s degree in English from Williams College and a doctorate in English literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She holds a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the University of Toronto. She teaches ancient and contemporary literature, writing, and academic and social ESL. She has published books and articles and delivered papers on a variety of topics including Chaucerian Tragedy; Post-Jungian feminist archetypal theory; medieval mystics; radical naturalist literary theory; Sophoclean irony; environmental college writing; and medievalist Fantasy and Science Fiction. She has also published poetry and a book of local history. Her current teaching practice is grounded in non-violent communication and transcultural pedagogical theory. Christine, her partner, sculptor Stephen Federico, and their spaniel Charlie reside on Aquidneck Island in Rhode Island.

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