Ariadne/Dark Dark Shine

Caroline Beasley-Baker

The poems in Ariadne/Dark Dark Shine are, as the starting poem says, “a lost/found/&repeat narration. The arcing-thread—a-whip/lifeline/way/the-magical-gift-given/odd-bit—discovered in an old sewing basket. (Who sews nowadays?) No enchanted sword or mirror—how much braver to pocket the spool of thread, head out, put your finger to a pulse and count. A puzzle sometimes, which simple thing reveals a boon.” The question posed, “labyrinth or circle?”.


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CAROLINE BEASLEY-BAKER is a poet and visual artist who learned to recite her first poem, a traditional Scottish song, when she was 18-months old sitting on a barstool next to a gorgeous gloved and hatted woman in a family bar in downtown Kansas City, MO . . . "I am a poor little orphan, my mommy is dead, my daddy's a drunkard . . ."

Her poems have recently appeared online and in print in Qarrtsiluni, MungBeing Magazine, MOBIUS /The Poetry Magazine, The MOM Egg, La Fovea and volumes 5, 6, 7 of the Brevitas Festival Review of the Short Poem. Meritage Press published two chain poems done with writer/poet Holly Anderson and singer/songwriter Lisa B. Burns in The Chained Hay(na)Ku Project anthology, 2010.

She frequently uses words/poems in her visual work for which she has received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting and a National Endowment for the Arts in Collaborative Work.