Larissa Shmailo: poem: Gaia’s Lunacy

  Larissa Shmailo


  Gaia’s Lunacy


The Sun is hot and bothered, and libidinal, having fathered

all our mendicants and tycoons, cops and robbers, and our rife loons.


The Earth below is verdant, child of Eros, green, exultant

for solar love would bask her with his sure heat and not task her,


but treasure all her madmen, all her masters and their bondsmen,

thus offering a devotion of which our Gaia has no notion.


The fickle Earth presumes a love from solar powers as enough;

Her denizens expect the same and bask in glory with no name.


Now, the music of the spheres should play loud in one’s own ears

But creation’s power’s assumed, and unheard by all us loons.


Larissa Shmailo is editor-in-chief of the anthology Twenty-first Century Russian Poetry (Big Bridge Press), poetry editor for MadHat Annual, and founder of The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses. Larissa’s writing has appeared in Measure for Measure (Everyman’s Library / Penguin Random House), Words for the Wedding (Perigee / Penguin Putnam), Contemporary Russian Poetry (Dalkey Archive Press), FULCRUM, The Common, the Atlanta Review, Barrow Street, Drunken Boat, the Battersea Review, Jacket, Jacket2, and the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Larissa’s poetry collections are #specialcharacters (Unlikely Books), In Paran (BlazeVOX [books], and the chapbooks A Cure for Suicide (Červená Barva Press), and Fib Sequence (Argotist Ebooks). Her poetry CDs are The No-Net World and Exorcism (SongCrew), for which she received New Century Music awards for best album and spoken word with jazz, rock, and electronica. Larissa translated Victory over the Sun for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s celebrated reconstruction of the first Futurist opera; the libretto is now available from Červená Barva Press; she has also been a translator on the Russian Bible for the American Bible Society. Her debut novel, Patient Women, is now available from BlazeVOX [books]. Larissa is listed in Wikipedia at

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