Pansy Maurer-Alvarez
My Bearings

I’ve lost that maroon blur, the blush of your dahlias
and my slopes are dropping back
I see bees reeling in a chill caused by the white owl
as the ash lady presses glistening antlers into wide shadows
in the midst of an orchestral beam I hear sharp weeping
this is the heart’s crown pointed to either mock or smother
it falls, it falls in minerals befitting the bitter rim
of a grotto, an oval lull with an absurd nest for a hasty separation
do not do that irresistible thing and be serene
while we are encapsulated in the airtight speck of an artful kiss
do not


“My Bearings” is from In a Form of Suspension, 2014, (corrupt press 2014) 


Pansy Maurer-Alvarez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and emigrated to Switzerland in 1973. She began writing poetry as a teenager and completed eleven years of literary studies at universities in the US, Spain, and Switzerland. Upon moving to Paris in 1991, she abandoned plans for furthering her academic career in order to devote herself to poetry full time. Her poems have appeared throughout Europe and the States in such diverse publications as the TLS, Hanging Loose Magazine, LUNGFULL!, La Traductière, Rattapallax and Osiris. She has work in several anthologies, including Ladies Start Your Engines (Faber and Faber), Final de Entrega (Colectivo Ediciones) and Visiting Dr. Williams (University of Iowa Press). Her collections are: Dolores: The Alpine Years and When the Body Says It’s Leaving (both from Hanging Loose Press, Brooklyn); Lovers Eternally Nearing, a limited edition, fine press collaboration with the Swiss artist Walter Ehrismann, with German translations by Rudolf Bähler (Editions Thomas Howeg, Zurich); Ant-Small and Amorous, with French translations by Anne Talvaz (corrupt press, Paris) and In a Form of Suspension (corrupt press, Paris). She is a Contributing Editor for the British magazine Tears in the Fence and she curates the Poets Live reading series in Paris.