02.08.2020  •  Editorial NEWS

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Mathilde KARRER c/o JULIA WALDMANN stages three poems by Marlo Star for the NAPKIN POETRY REVIEW, London

For London’s NAPKIN POETRY REVIEW, which was founded as a lockdown project by Anna Seidel and Caroline King, Mathilde KARRER c/o JULIA WALDMANN staged three poems by poet Marlo Star. Concept & styling also came from Mathilde.

Mathilde Karrer : “Poetry is an art I appreciate but had forgotten about. I needed to take time to let the words sink in and find a space in my head where they could sit for a minute. No rushing, no instant gratification. It felt like I was using a long-forgotten part of my brain again.”


THE BOX by Marlo Starr
My problem is rarely
recklessness. Coiled between
syllables, I measure
the distance one might run
from pole to pole without
being seen. The only rule
one needn’t take to heart:
proximity to threat
is one sort of safety.
An arrow spins wildly
around its ordinals,
where the swelling silence
unbrackets memory.
Like the boy in the pit
who pried apart my lips,
his sandbox fingernail
raked hard across my gums,
I am trying to break
open. I told no one.
I am telling you now.


Digital poetry magazine NAPKIN POETRY REVIEW on the author : “It has been such an honor to share work by Marlo Starr, an MFA candidate in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. She received her PhD in English from Emory University in 2018. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Berfrois, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, The Atlas Review, Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere.”

A note from the editors : “The Box pries open the encasements of memory and language stored first in the mouth. We are encouraged to tell our secrets but once out, they’re no longer ours to control and protect. Steadily, the poem breaks its well-reined silence and invites a second reading of clues folded in from the first line.” GoSee : napkinpoetryreview.org

 
Mathilde Karrèr für das Napkin Poetry Review

Mathilde Karrèr für das Napkin Poetry Review

 
Mathilde Karrèr für das Napkin Poetry Review

Mathilde Karrèr für das Napkin Poetry Review

 
Mathilde Karrèr für das Napkin Poetry Review

Mathilde Karrèr für das Napkin Poetry Review