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Good Queen Calamity Jane

September 8, 2009

From the 2009 qarrtsiluni chapbook contest finalist Calamity Jane, by Diane Gage

In the land of opaque pawns, Calamity ruled
as Electric Queen Jane, one-woman neon jubilee
of frank facts and filigree, a traveling smash of action.
The wayward were rewarded and the melancholy

mooned in the country of Jane’s command
with its euphonious thickets of fornicating birds
and its fishy unfathomed ponds, its riotous vespers
and lethargic dawns. No regulations cramped

anyone’s style, which inclined to the ingenuous,
the daft, the indulgent, the bizarre — most took their
shafonfa straight and had no word for par. So physical
and thick-necked her personal manner, so elaborate

and festooned her crown, she appeared acephalous
to the worshipping masses, who knew all about out
but damn little of down, during the forthright, delirious
reign of good Queen Electric Calamity Jane.

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Diane Gage tweets 50s-style haiku on Twitter from her 50s-era neighborhood known as Birdland, in San Diego. Her previous poem in Qarrtsiluni was “Fish Face” in the Water issue. Other recent publications include “Ode to Gravity” in Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes (C&R Press). A much fuller biography is avilable on her webpage.

  1. Karen
    September 8, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Crazy! I want to live there.

    • September 14, 2009 at 2:23 am

      Isn’t that where we met?

  2. Mindy Donner
    September 13, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Di Di: What an outrageous and frothily pithy poem. so worthy of finaling.

    • September 14, 2009 at 2:24 am

      Thank you, dear Mindy – I believe that’s the most poetical compliment I’ve ever received!

  3. September 14, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Another fine and strong poem by my favorite poet. I am going to read it again. In these days that it sems poetry has forgotten me, it is so nice to find other’s muse alive and so bright!

  4. September 14, 2009 at 2:27 am

    I’ll bet your muse is out digging in her garden, Farideh, and will be back soon with nourishing abundance! Meanwhile, I thank you for your comment.

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