10/01/2018 Marvin R. Hiemstra hosted by Jan
Marvin R. Hiemstra appeared a valiant Leo in the Year of the Rabbit and was instructed by a tiny prairie grass frog on his wrist at age three. Honors Graduate from Iowa Writers Workshop and founding Editor-in-Chief of the Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review with work in Caveat Lector, Amsterdam Quarterly, The Satirist, North American Review, and elsewhere Marvin publishes and performs around the world. Dana Gioia called the DVD French Kiss Destiny, “superb work.” Shawn Pittard, The Great American Pinup, said, “What I hold closest to my heart is Marvin’s reminder of the importance of human affection in this totally terrifying 21st Century.” Library Journal reported, “Whimsical poet/humorist Hiemstra shares his thoughts and observations on society: a very agreeable addition to contemporary American literature.”
The last bowl of red cherries
for this year means autumn.
Oops! One clever cherry escaped
the bowl. Everyone laughs.
I am carefully arranging wildflowers
in a boat-shaped basket.
Wind hits verandah, twists
arrangement. It looks better.
Pure wind from the North
transforms a quiet hill of flame
maple brocade into a shimmering
spirit forest, all ablaze.
It’s time to put fresh white paper
on all the shoji. No more
patches! Oldest tree in the garden
wears brilliant persimmons.
“Pearls!” shouted Yogi when snow fell
through a ruined thatch roof.
Pearls tumble through our sun yellow
wisteria leaves. It makes me blue.