The Times & Saatchi Gallery Top 200 20th Century Artists (9% women)


Bloomfield, Kooper, Stills – Super Session / Harvey’s Tune

The Fencesitter by Donna Fleischer

The Fencesitter

Sitting upon this barren splintered boundary
bound to erosion yet denying laws of form,
divorced from function, split
before deep caring would perform

The history of this hillside speaks
of an unresolved hunger and possession,
of a carelessness breaking up its syntax
somewhere along some kind of stem
of fluid dependence, of intimacy

Yet even now, an order, from the roots
through the stem onto the surface of the land
lay its part across
the soil of another integrity

In my place with this hillside
we possess only the deep quiet meaning
of our relations, of a completeness
so familiar, and infrequent that
feeling and thinking unknowingly
accept their union

This fence, and the woody backbone
of my own humanness, grow together tall
along the spine of this hill,
pitch their shadows evenly across
a common moving ground of changing
shapes and relations,
as lovers sometimes will with patience

Greeting the common air of difference
our tall parts conjoin as one sad body
reaching joyeously for the sky
where further complex forms extend
their wings, accept
this suddenly tilting light,
as the sun
goes casually down
when the fences
and fuse

Donna Fleischer
Intimate Boundaries 1991

Cinematic Orchestra / Breathe — Live at the Barbicon

~ by way of the photographer Suhni California

Chairs in Mid Air, by Donna Fleischer | Charter Oak Poets ii

Chairs in Mid Air

we sit in
mid air,
every week
on chairs
we rise

playing within
a semantic space
where Ariel flies

mid summer’s mid air,
on chairs of light
we ride
a lengthening
summer sun of
this this
generous time

~ Donna Fleischer
Charter Oak Poets ii
Hartford, CT 2000


Poetry as Insurgent Art / Lawrence Ferlinghetti at City Lights — Live Podcast from City Lights

Live From City Lights: The City Lights Podcast » Blog Archive » Lawrence Ferlinghetti at City Lights.

~ by way of the poet Rita Cummings

Boston Poet Tea Party — Poet Jim Behrle