The three poems attached showcase the radical nature of meaningful if possibly fleeting relationships. They glimpse the impetuosity of passion in the manner of an impromptu wedding night, a difficult embrace and the frustrations of encounter and its aftermath. Questions of censure and reprobation and the faltering of courage inhere in these along the themes of loss and regret. Please note that these pieces find their theoretical root in such once fringe but now seminal texts as Roland Barthes', A Lover's Discourse, Remy de Gourmont's, The Natural Philosophy of Love, and Jacques Derrida's, On Touch. As to the cadence and rhythm of these pieces, play is clearly made at times with enjambment but chiefly there is attempt at stretching out the voice all while only toying with rhyme. They revel in a language that hopes abstraction.
The hot clip fades the memory shame let loose on our world. In it you seem more decent proposal due process entailed when favour for favour minute to next offered what wanted we pay deeply our fees. To recall them each the one as then the other (reasons that pulled us our fears and hopes knotted together) is to go into that shod room where forces bartered cheek to cheek the hardwired compunction monsters haggle. Its grumbled performance fastened insecurity not gone but here proposing wipe clean the pain of dejection (our story its sordid worth) under the gaunt nose of some flogged priest assigned the inner sanctum of dreams shivering along that mile of wait desire contrives of. Now the gathered momentum leads to circumstances encumbered what daunts us ageing together: this love of pretence there made official. A quick forbiddance Thrill shapes to ravish. It bills unheard of in kindness exhibited between preceptors of sheltered cause and promised libations niceties aroused of a yearning to bother. The day after pleads our case and feels for a clause they would dismiss us our seven notes appending. But prohibitions against signal them outlasted the enforcement far gone as morality assures of debauchery undone in jostled truths long held and climbed down from these pikes impaling. Now they stoke as heaven insures a victory or death the loss pertaining if pitched grief and broke will unevened hearts remand in. In part disjoiner The calm night and its bothered kiss presents in delicacies that let linger. It hangs next in the compunction of a mind that fastens. But why he did it is furrowed in her brain the kind cannot understand of. One day will reveal in the loaded prime that confuses so that what was there in the throes of passion will be her memory’s jest as the gully of thoughts portrays what only peace envisions. Now it collects an opportunity missed to ache through and between the heart he shaped and the hope it formed of a flight construed out of freedom chance pools when we serve under ruinous terms courage refuses.
Andrew Cyril Macdonald considers the role of inter-subjectivity in the poetics of encounter. He celebrates the confrontations between self and other and the challenge that occurs in the fomenting of identity and independence in the context of relationship. You can find his work in such places as A Long Story Short, Blaze VOX, Cavity Magazine, Down in the Dirt, Green Ink Poetry, Mineral Lit Mag, ODD Magazine, Synchronized Chaos, Thorn, Unique Poetry Journal and others. When not writing he is busy caring for seven rescued cats and teaching a next generation of poets.