I woke in grief and beauty

Featured here is a collaboration between poet Kathleen Kirk and musician Joe Robinson. Kathleen is the poetry editor for Escape Into Life. Her poems appear in print and online in a variety of journals, including Blood LotusFloor PlanPoems & Plays, Poetry East, and Waccamaw. She is the author of five poetry chapbooks, most recently Nocturnes (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Interior Sculpture (Dancing Girl Press). She blogs at Wait! I Have a Blog?! Joe lives in Chicago, where he spends most of his time teaching young children.

For this piece, Joe wrote and recorded a song for Kathleen’s poem, “I woke in grief and beauty,” which originally appeared in Right Hand Pointing.


I woke in grief and beauty
by Kathleen Kirk

In the night I had seen my sister
leave our childhood home

and a small tree in a small city garden
hung with monarchs.

Startled, they rose, then settled again,
revealing themselves in flight.

I could waste my waking life
reading dreams, and do, some mornings.

Wings closed—in floral disguise,
pale orange repose.


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  1. […] my Facebook feed. I love it when two art forms come together — in this case, poetry and song. Here is a link to Kathleen Kirk‘s poem “I woke in grief and beauty” and the song it inspired by […]

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