Today's poem is "The Stag at Eve"
from Holy Island

Gold Wake Press

Lesley Jenike is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Ghost of Fashion (CW Books, 2009) and Holy Island (Gold Wake Press, 2014) as well as the chapbook How We Came Ashore (Dancing Girl Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, the Southern Review, the Gettysburg Review, Rattle, Verse, Smartish Pace, the Birmingham Poetry Review, and many other journals and anthologies. She's been awarded fellowships and scholarships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Ohio Arts Council and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. She teaches and is currently serving as Head of the English and Philosophy Department at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio.

Other poems by Lesley Jenike in Verse Daily:
July 22, 2009:   "Three in a Maze and a Monster (Vertigo)" "Directed to take in with her eyes the whole..."
August 20, 2007:   "Three's Brainchild Is" " Made from hope's detritus, the stuff of wisdom but wider..."

Books by Lesley Jenike:

Other poems on the web by Lesley Jenike:
"The Stag at Eve"
Two poems
"A Golden Retirement"
"Seed Erratum and the Divine Hen’s Eggy Cipher"
"The Canon"
"A The Physical Imposiibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living Conversation"
"Had I Been Any God of Power"
Three poems
Three poems
Two poems
Two poems
"I'm Not Down with the New Sincerity"
Three poems

Lesley Jenike on Twitter.

About Holy Island:

"Even the smallest of these poems is a noisy engine of the kind that might have powered an ocean liner from the shores of New England to Henry James's Europe and back again. You feel the heat of the boiler in every one, hear the hiss of the steam. And what rich cargo! As compassionate as she is wise, Lesley Jenike traffics in the secrets of the human heart, the most priceless merchandise of all."
—David Kirby

"Lesley Jenike's Holy Island is an exquisite hymn to dwelling—in place, in home, in memory, in divinity, in art, in body. Using austere Monhegan Island, Maine as a lodestone, these wildly intelligent and intricately crafted poems take off on a sweeping geographic and emotional journey that plumbs the very heart of what it means to make art, via Europe and Ohio, Benjamin Britten and Mark Rothko, The Last Supper and surf shatter. With elegant syntax and lush imagery, Jenike deftly navigates the rocky waters of world and self, leaving powerful poems in her wake."
—Erika Meitner

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