Mobile Photography / Art – Saturday Poetry ‘Each Year’ by Dora Malech with Rita Colantonio

Mobile Photography / Art – Saturday Poetry ‘Each Year’ by Dora Malech with Rita Colantonio


This weeks Saturday Poetry, matched with mobile photography/art is entitled ‘Each Year’ by Dora Malech.  Malech is the author of Stet (Princeton University Press, 2018), Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011), and Shore Ordered Ocean (Waywiser Press, 2009). She is the recipient of a Writer’s Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, and an Amy Clampitt Residency Award. She lives in Baltimore, where she is an assistant professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

I have matched mobile art work entitled ‘Keepsake’ by @jules4921 – Rita Colantonio with this poem. You can view and follow her on Instagram here.


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‘Each Year’ ©Dora Malech


I snap the twig to try to trap

the springing and I relearn the same lesson.

You cannot make a keepsake of this season.

Your heart’s not the source of that sort of sap,

lacks what it takes to fuel, rejects the graft,

though for a moment it’s your guilty fist

that’s flowering. You’re no good host to this

extremity that points now, broken, back at

the dirt as if to ask are we there yet.

You flatter this small turn tip of a larger

book of matches that can’t refuse its end,

re-fuse itself, un-flare. Sure. Now forget

again. Here’s a new green vein, another

clutch to take, give, a handful of seconds.


‘Keepsake’ ©Rita Colantonio

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