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Martina Reisz Newberry


Martina Reisz Newberry is the author of several books of poetry. Her most recent book is NEVER COMPLETELY AWAKE from Deerbrook Editions. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad.Passionate in her love for Los Angeles, Martina currently lives there with her husband, Brian, a Media Creative.


Me and Tiresias

Tiresias was a blind prophet, the most famous soothsayer of ancient Greece.

We don’t have snow here but there are times

the air turns near white with cold...a fog that

wants to be wind

and a tense stillness that is a reminder

of old sci fi movies.

The streets are haunted:

empty stores call out the names

of ghosts and their histories

and the histories of the yellowed weeds

coming up through sidewalk cracks.

The umber/ash windows ask for

the provocation of God, as do

the insects and rodents living behind them.

I think God will love us when there is

time and foundation for love.

For now, love lives in malls and oil fields.

Time continues its comedy tour. Best to search

for the future in plants and flowers.

Look to La Vergine Delle Rocce* to

find predictions and portents.

The future is only this:

the sun dropping sadly on short-lit days,

the moon a belly of non-belief,

and the tarnished stars sweeping over

all we ever hoped for, ever feared.

(c)2017 Martina Reisz Neewberry

* Painting by Leonardo da Vinci: The Virgin of the Rocks, c. 1483-86, oil on panel, 199 x 122 cm (Louvre, Paris)

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