Sonata for the Moon on the 120th Anniversary of Georgia O'Keeffe's Birthday
“Since I cannot sing, I paint.” Georgia O’Keeffe, 1922
Andante. Beyond the comforting
bulk of the house, November sky
shades from azure blue to piano black.
The wind blows cobalt cold,
an arpeggio of dry leaves,
and a fingernail moon lingers
behind a ripped gauze of glissando cloud.
It is a picture O’Keeffe could have painted
if she who craved light
had not left Wisconsin. Perhaps
this merest curve of ivory moon
would become the hint of breast
on which the night nuzzles to suck.
Secret night moon woman,
baring her breast, because
it is what she does though she knows
it will never be enough
to keep winter from the womb
of the world. O’Keeffe
would add a few birds.**
*Georgia O’Keeffe born November 15, 1887
**Lake George with Crows, 1921
Sandra Lindow is the longest serving Regional Vice President in the history of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (1987-2017). Presently she also serves as Vice President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, an international organization. Since 1988, Lindow has had twenty-three Rhysling nominations for the best speculative poem published during a particular calendar year. In 1990, her collection, The Heroic Housewife Papers, won the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Posner Award for best poetry collection by a Wisconsin writer. Her poem “If Death: A Preprimer” was included in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: 2001. In 2003 she received the Wisconsin Press Women’s Award for Poetry as well as the WFOP Triad Theme Contest first prize award. In 2004 and 2011, she won Jade Ring first prize awards in poetry from the Wisconsin Writers’ Association. In 2014, her critical book, Dancing the Tao: Le Guin and Moral Development (Cambridge Scholars, 2012) was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award for Scholarship in Myth and Fantasy Studies. Lindow's poetry and poetry reviews can be found in Star*Line; other poetry has been published in The Ariel Anthology, The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, New Poetry from the Midwest Asimov’s, Scifaikuest, Dreams and Nightmares, Tales of the Talisman, and The Magazine of Speculative Poetry. Her work can be found on-line in Verse Wisconsin, Word Gathering, Blue Heron Review, Strange Horizons, Riddled by Arrows and Gyroscope Review. Her most recent collection is The Hedge Witch’s Upgrade, 2012.