By Jewel Kilcher
I have discovered that now not all poetry lends itself to song -- a few recommendations have to be sung simply opposed to the silence. There are softer and not more tangible part[s] of our selves which are so necessary to peace, to openheartedness, to unfolding the imaginative and prescient and the non secular realm of our lives, to exposing our souls. - Jewel, From the Preface Writing poems and protecting journals for the reason that adolescence, Jewel has been trying to find fact and that means, turning to her phrases to list, to find, and to mirror. In an evening with out Armor, her first number of poetry, Jewel explores the hearth of past love, the fading of ardour, the giving of belief, the teachings of betrayal, and the therapeutic of intimacy.She delves into concerns of the house, the relaxation of kin, the wonderful thing about Alaska, and the dislocation of divorce. after which there are the pictures of the line, the folks, the bars, the planes, areas unique and mundane, loneliness and friendship. Frank and sincere, critical and abruptly playful, an evening with out Armor is a skilled artist's intimate portrait of what makes us uniquely human.
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Somewhere out there, an overhead is spinning, ticking, rattling. A young girl sweats, her armpits like tidy rosebuds. The businessman from Hong Kong pretends to have fallen asleep while she washes herself in the sink, the night sticking to her insides in a way she can't wash off. Iai lei 3 A warm rain swept across the streets. Filling spaces with humid quiet. White noise. Moist gauze dulling the edge of the vendors' pleas. Woman selling incense outside the temple. Huge bronze bowls bellowing smoke, the room thick with choking fragrance.
You are before me, sweet man, and I am thinking Aren't I supposed to give up everything? Aren't I supposed to be brave and abandon each dream and aspiration and yield utterly to this elusive beast love, to your soft belly and companionship? — that look like you, and cook soup and bread and sing each other songs before sleep and absentmindedly count the stars from our front porch as we pray for each other's keep and pretend forever is a word known not only by the heart? 17 Cautious You don't call anymore.
Woman selling incense outside the temple. Huge bronze bowls bellowing smoke, the room thick with choking fragrance. Women of prayer with deep lines in their faces and blue robes blessing those who come to them seeking clarity. The click-clack of wax pieces as they are dropped upon the stone floors, wet with rain, by a devotee to see if his prayers have been answered. The warm mellow golden hue of the red ceremonial candles lit in interlocking circles that climb, circle upon circle, into a darkening sky.