Samantha L. Terrell
Samantha L. Terrell, author of Vision, and Other Things We Hide From (Potter's Grove Press), the chapbook Keeping Afloat (JC STUDIO Press), and, most recently, Simplicity, and Other Things We Overcomplicate, is an internationally published American poet whose books have received 5-star reviews. Her poetry, which emphasizes self-awareness as a means to social awareness, has appeared in dozens of publications. Terrell's invented form—the poetic Trinitas—is featured in her forthcoming book, Things Worth Repeating? (Summer 2022). Follow her on Twitter: @honestypoetry.
I don’t want to get too far from the
White marble graves and
Or the earth that holds in the markers
That tell us how to remember them—
Not as their kin did,
But as the hubris that connects
Mankind to her master.
Call me close,
So I can know all this for myself.
On Theroux's Coast
“He pointed his finger stump in the direction of the coast. Everything tends that way. But we’ve got to fight it, because down there is death.”
– Paul Theroux, The Mosquito Coast
Theroux taught us to
That turn out to
That turn out to
But it’s early spring here, and
There are no mosquitoes to be found buzzing around
Explaining things. So, when hot stinging pain transfers its
An icy chasm cracks open,
Instead of melting slowly like the
Blocks pushed, painstakingly, up a jungle mountain.
The innocent—in meeting its fervent equal—
Discovers it can be, at once, untempered and tame.
It starts in the chest and
Down the insides until
Unrest begins to swell.
Discomfort, compounded by concern for the discomfort,
Compounded by confusion about the discomfort,
Compounded by regret about the discomfort,
Compounded by desire to alleviate the discomfort,
Until the confusion resumes and consumes.
An empty vat
Refusing to disclose
Seeking black and white
Amidst the spectrum,
I am overcome
By the idea
We aren’t meant
To find it.
All the colors of
A single wavelength—
Don't allow for
Revel only in the glory of nature's complexities.