After ‘Art of Transgression’ by Pascaline Marti* In the pitch of night, poppies waved over her head—scarlet flags with fluted petals & inky centers & star-shaped pistils surrounded by grassy stamen. Daisies with buttercup discs & snowy rays bobbed against her waist while moon perched on a black horizon whose orbs cut sky’s canvas marring its velvet oneness yet actualizing its layers & drapes & casual sprawls. It was under this spotted canvas that she roamed loosely—in a field with poppies’ stubbly stems arching & veering & entwining with daisies’ heads & her own arms while supple petals grazed her hair & legs bidding her look up at moon’s cratered nearness its gasp & gravity its slow spin mouthful of light
BIO: t.m. thomson’s work has been featured in several journals, including Wild Age Press, These Fragile Lilacs, and Borrowed Solace, most recently appearing in Prometheus Dreaming and The Bangalore Review. Her poetry will be featured in upcoming issues of The Blue Ash Review and Tempered Runes Press. Three of her poems have been nominated for Pushcart Awards: “Seahorse and Moon” (2005), “I Walked Out in January” (2016), and “Strum and Lull” (2018). She has co-authored Frame and Mount the Sky, a chapbook of ekphrastic poetry (2017) and is author of Strum and Lull (2019) and The Profusion (2019). She has a writer’s page at https://www.facebook.com/TaunjaThomsonWriter/. When she’s not writing, she can be found communing with cats, playing in mud, or spinning.