Hygienic Art Center


Poetry box by Karen Rand Anderson

Earthmother’s Daughter

by Nancy Brady Cunningham

Persephone pushes
against the dirt ceiling
her stonebones creak
she claws up
through frozen land
endless waiting over

she drags her body
across earthcrust edge
gulps soft air

coming into full light
she squints
as colors leak into
mirror ponds where
green reflections branch out
offer sky blue eggs
cradled in a woven nest

warmth thaws her sapling limbs
into a slow turn dance
her moss body
catches sun glints
she’s spinning now

flowering hair flung out—
honeysuckle abuzz
beneath a frenzy of bees

Poem by Nancy Brady Cunningham a published poet, and author of five books of non-fiction. She has featured at many poetry venues in the Boston area and in Southeastern Massachusetts. In 2010 the New England Poetry Club awarded her two first place prizes for her poems.

The website for her non-fiction work is: danky.com/nancybradycunningham.
And for her poetry performed with percussionist Mike Morin: danky.com/design/duo

Poetry box by Karen Rand Anderson. She graduated with honors from Rhode Island
School of Design in 1977 with a BFA in ceramics, and received
her MFA in mixed media in 2010 through the Vermont Studio
Center/Johnson State College masters program in Johnson, VT.
She has completed residencies in Bulgaria through the Griffis
Foundation/Orpheus Foundation, at Vermont Studio Center, and
at I-Park Artist’s Enclave in East Haddam CT, and shows
regionally and nationally in juried, invitational and solo
exhibitions. Her mixed-media sculpture utilizes natural materials,
as well as constructions from heavy paper, sewn together with
bronze and copper wire, combined with appropriated objects.
Karen lives in Providence RI, and has a studio at the 545 Mill in
contact: andersonkarenrand@gmail.com
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