by Amy Jenness
This column is dedicated to the expression, through poetry, of life here on Nantucket. These first few postings will concentrate on the work of an island group (of which I’m a member) known as The Moors Poetry Collective.
This poem from Amy Jenness is a sensory delight. Not only does she show us the wonders of contents in the box, she also provides the background sounds (Red Sox, students, and the ocean) while it occurs.
My inheritance given in box sets
ribboned and raw,
stacked in dark closets
Two grandmas, both complex,
debutante and teacher,
opposites that children connect
Art deco crystal bracelet
chunky and gleaming,
silk glove, fur cuff, glamorous pet
Whiskey, cigars, Black Jack coquette
midnight and masculine,
A grandchild’s promise to lay off cigarettes
Huge, tarnished heart-shaped locket
flattened and concealing
ancient baby’s curl, a strand of brunette
The Red Sox, students, the ocean at sunset
blue collars and bootstraps
A grandchild’s refuge from a family of separates.
I received them both, defined and select
birthright and legacies
the day I was born, a collected set
About The Moors Poetry Collective and Poems So Far:
The Moors Poetry Collective is a handful of poets who started out as a writing group meeting twice a month at the Nantucket Field Station oﬀ Polpis road, which they dubbed Len’s Garage. They soon upped that commitment to once a week, and after about nine months of dedicated writing and workshopping decided to direct their creative skills toward a collection of work exclusively dealing with Nantucket, the place they call home. Within you will find examples of their varied experiences and perspectives regarding life on this extraordinary island and its eclectic community. Their poetry anthology, Poems So Far, is the first expression of that commitment.
Copies of Poems So Far are available at Mitchell’s Book Corner, BookWorks, and the Hub.
Photo Credit: Len Germinara