Inside the Crystal by Denise Low

Crystal gazers fated loversDenise

Coronado appears gold dross

midnight mirage Quivera lost

indigo flames violet sun


Future past cloud the orb

Cortez arrives departs

Malintzin lives dies

broken waves powdered stars


Comancheria burning blood

Santa Fe obsidian red

volcanoes boil hot cold

life death the same ore


Rainbow portals spiral

sun moon turning faces

betrayed lovers reappear


laughter tears glisten fade

~ Denise Low

Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-2009, is author of 25 award-winning books of poetry and prose. She does individual bookconsulting and editing, as well as workshops. She teaches in the Baker University School of Professional and Graduate Studies. Low is co-publisher of Mammoth Publications an independent small literary press specializing in Indigenous and Mid-Plains poetry and prose. Her poetry blog has over 400 entries, and she reviews poetry for the Kansas City Star. For more, see BIOGRAPHY. Her book of poetry Mélange Block, from Red Mountain Press, Santa Fe, assembles a geological continuum of passion, grief, and American Indian and European histories.Recent online publications are from Numero Cinq, Feb. 2014. An interview is in the Feb. 2014 Museum of Americanaliterary journal. North Dakota Q.published a special issue about William Stafford, including Low’s “‘The Way It Is’: Second Sight in William Stafford’s Poetry.”Contact information is at


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