At the June Hoot, Kimberly Green and Jennifer Belkus drew the hushed
listeners into their quiet rooms of reflectionrooms lit with that certain slant of
light. This set the tone for the open mike readers, many of whom referred to the
passing of Joann Lipshires, a Hoot regular. Joann was a gifted seacoast writer
who constantly kept her eye on the flip side of tragedy. If during her life she suffered
any of the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, she didnt say. However, she did
observe that even death has its humorous sideas evidenced by several of her insect
poems in her 1994 chapbook: Forgiving the Black Widow Spider. Perhaps you will sense a
note of quiet mirth in the speaker who watches
Eros merge with Thanatos in the following poem. That sensation will not be mis-felt.
Female praying mantises
Must have awfully funny fantasies
For they seem to love dismembering
Their dear mates.
Somehow female dedication
To real male liberation
In this case has a
Hollow sort of ring.
As for him,
He may lose his left front tarsus
But reacts like thats catharsis
For a really macho male
Intent on love.
Despite this decimation
Hes so intent on consummation
Hell persist until hes
Nothing left but wings.
--Joann Lipshires 1921-2004
Necrophilia II copyright 1994 by Joann Lipshires.
Joanns beloved Cottage
stands at 442 Islington St. in Portsmouth. Rider, dont pass by without a nod.
Note: Poems from The Poetry Hoot should not
exceed nineteen lines.