Far from the city lights, the New Mexico night sky draws us into a very different world...a world where time and space seem so close, almost visible, almost touchable. This short poem takes us beyond that dark horizon.
Maisha Baton, poet and playwright, moved to New Mexico in 1979. Dr. Baton has taught numerous courses at UNM, been published extensively in literary magazines, and has had her plays MITOTE and KATE'S SISTER performed on both coasts.
On May 9th she will appear with New York Poet Michael Datcher at the Outpost Performance Space. Datcher is the author of the NY Times bestseller Raising Fences
. Also on the same stage will be Hakim Bellamy, Idris Goodwin, Virginia Hampton, Gary Jackson, and Stephanie Willis. Call 242-1445 for info.
FROM SHIPROCK TO ALBUQUERQUE
Somewhere between Shiprock and Albuquerque
I look up into an ocean of night
Where torrents of stars like rivers, pour forth,
shaping the rocks and re-defining the landscape.
(and the fish have returned to the sea &
the rocks spatter and scatter themselves
over millions of years and miles.
And the mountains, like sea creatures
loom large on the horizon).
And the only path open to us now
is this ocean of darkness, splattered with stars,
where reality trembles for a moment
in the light from an ancient moon.