2 February 2009 | Vol. 8, No. 4

The Glassblower

His heart was colorless

until he discovered the cavity's

lavender cadence and its wildflower

breezed shapes, streaked with cool

witch hazel poultice. Now in his dreams

magic silicates, salt, and potassium

carbonate swell and shift and deliquesce

in the space between his palms.

He has blown himself a glass house

with windows of air and no dark corners.

Mornings, he melts a kitchen wall,

opening his solitude to delicate light

seeping through a cascade of indigo wings.

At night, he sings his house to sleep

room by liquid room.

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About the author:

Shannon Amidon's poems have appeared in CutThroat, A Journal for the Arts; Runes, a Review of Poetry; Willow Springs; RATTLE, Poetry for the 21st Century; Memorious; storySouth; and elsewhere. She was awarded honorable mention in the 2008 Comstock Review chapbook contest and her manuscript, The Garden After, was one of three finalists for the 2008 Perugia Press Prize. A member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, she lives in Hilo, Hawai'i (on the Big Island) with her husband and infant son.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Shannon Amidon at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 8, No. 4, where "The Glassblower" ran on February 2, 2009. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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