“Eve Labouring for 37 Hours; the Yes poem” C. Murray


Eve labouring for 37 hours, the yes poem

Eve in pain

will bring
forth a Cain

Exhausted stretch
rather/ rather/ rather
rather/ rather/ rather
dilate/ than die/ yes.

So just, sous justice.
en vertu de la justice,

In sorrow you shall bring forth children’

Face present ? Yes, yes–
Hands? Yes-
His image,
Who conjured it?

This mouth of dry twigs
the sticks/stones
bones / buttons
a / knee-piece/ skulls.

There are piles of skulls
pushing through my grimacing cunt—

all the pretty things,
stones/bones/buttons / a /
knee-piece / skulls/ the threads

Sous justice.

So just, sous justice.
en vertu de la justice,

‘In sorrow you shall bring forth children’                                                                                                                      


The Burning Tree

Mineral planes impinge
surface embed glares red,
deep red.

A scarlet arrow
burns out on my white tile,
and cools.
The burning-
years’ round brings Rothko light
– tree.

Glass stained in a bloody

Sun brings up the silica
right to its surfaces,
where they may glitter
their red sparks.


Willow’s wooded music is hollow,
dead, or veiled.
She awaits yellow spring.

Willow is first to don it.

A tree,
plain and ordinary.

“Eve Labouring for 37 Hours; the yes poem” at Levure Littéraire 12 & other poems are © C. Murray

I am very grateful to Carmen-Francesca Banciu for publishing my group of poems at Levure Litteraire 12.

Image by Leonard Baskin
Image by Leonard Baskin

From the editorial: The Camps of Resistance and Fields of Consciousness, is the theme of this issue. A wide field! A multifaceted theme that addresses many aspects of our time. When we chose this theme, we did not yet realize that the future contributions would be so inspired by the present and focus on specific aspects, such as (e)migration, exile, escape.The drama of flight, losing one´s home and a country – but even the ambivalent feelings toward the refugees- are the main aspects that have emerged from our topic. Many of our writers have dealt with the theme in an artistic, essayistic, philosophical form.

Impressive contributions resulted. Among others, even interdisciplinary projects were created, such as the cooperation between the Irish-American writer Emer Martin and the Indian-American artist Moitreyee Chowdhury, a joint video art, poetry and painting contribution. Or the contributions from Gesine Palmer, Sabine Haupt, Peter O’Neill – just to name a few out of the abundance of outstanding contributions.

Some contributions deal with the fear of the ever-increasing amount of war zones and therewith the consequences. Among others, the war zones heavily influenced by religion that endanger humanity by forcing them to act in violence, protest or to flee. The fear of new wars, violence–and terrorism. Implicit questions are asked about the consequences of war and poverty that result from the mass migration. The fear of the established political systems and lifestyles collapsing. The fear of cultures, religions and interests colliding and clashing. But also the aftereffects of ecological exploitation and natural disasters.

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