PREVIEW: Crow Carriage Sonnets by Kristin Garth
Take a peek into sonnets from the upcoming new Crow Carriage series by Kristin Garth. They tell dark tales of fearsome experiments in Victorian England. Witness, if you will, a murder of crows…
Once upon wet cobblestone, exploded
oak and child alone, luminosity
of lightning storm, surround a carriage, crow
plumes, cuneiform of confectionery
across its dripping door. Behind, you see,
between top hat, cravat, blush warm cheek
while you will shiver, in the street; you seek
regal beak to touch, sculpture, decomposed
avian. Driver beckons not within
but towards some debris of broken tree
that block their passage. You and he labor then
they drive away. Steal one feather for the
pence unpaid. Passenger turns, stares you down.
All fear Crow Carriage once your corpse is found.
You Belong to a Murder Long Ago
He lives in a locket mother keeps closed
against a similar organ beneath
opera clothes. A brother decomposed
decade ago in gold leaf laurel wreath,
her favorite you know. Her fingers caress
his memory there, in furrow of tit
no longer shared. If the best convalesce
eventually die, the rest, counterfeit,
look towards sky for love even feathered,
feral to feed, a flock on a playground
who recognize need. Wings like the weather
and wet oscillating soul they surround.
In childhood, you chose communion with crows.
You belong to a murder long ago.
Crow Carriage – author notes
Crow Carriage is a dark poetic tale of a terrible nobleman conducting a dark experiment in a village in Victorian England. His character is called The Doctor. This title poem introduces him and his Crow Carriage, an eerie carriage ornamented with a skeletal bird and covered in crow plumage. No one in town approaches the carriage after one child plucks a feather from it in a lightning storm and is found deceased shortly thereafter. This sonnet Crow Carriage is his story. The second sonnet explains how this character came to belong to a flock of crows, or – apt, in his case – a murder.
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