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video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 6/4/16 show “Obey” at Expressions 2016: June is a Woman! in Austin (Sony), first reading her haiku poems progress, extend, falling, civil, and greatest, then reading her poems Earth is a Topiary (her 1st of 2 poems where she used a voice modulator to reads parts of her poem in a male voice), On Becoming a Woman (an editing and expansion of her 1999 poem Becoming a Woman), Viewing the Woman in a 19th Century Photograph (an editing of her 1991 poem Photograph, Nineteenth Century and her 2nd of 2 poems where she used a voice modulator to reads parts of her poem in a male voice), Content With Inferior Men, portions of her poem In The Air with slightly altered wording, and Oh, She Was a Woman (an editing of her 1997 poem She Was a Woman).
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 6/4/16 show “Obey” at Expressions 2016: June is a Woman! in Austin (Cps), first reading her haiku poems progress, extend, falling, civil, and greatest, then reading her poems Earth is a Topiary (her 1st of 2 poems where she used a voice modulator to reads parts of her poem in a male voice), On Becoming a Woman (an editing and expansion of her 1999 poem Becoming a Woman), Viewing the Woman in a 19th Century Photograph (an editing of her 1991 poem Photograph, Nineteenth Century and her 2nd of 2 poems where she used a voice modulator to reads parts of her poem in a male voice), Content With Inferior Men, portions of her poem In The Air with slightly altered wording, and Oh, She Was a Woman (an editing of her 1997 poem She Was a Woman).
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Download all of the show poems in the free chapbook Obey 6/4/16 Austin show at Expressions 2016: June is a Woman!
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See YouTube video from 8/6/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poem “Earth is a Topiary(Lumix) from her book “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” at Austin’s “Recycled Reads”.
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See YouTube video from 8/6/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poem “Earth is a Topiary(Sony) from her book “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” at Austin’s “Recycled Reads”.

Earth is a Topiary

Janet Kuypers
11/14/15

1.
he said
that maybe Earth
is a topiary.

and she said,
if the definition of a topiary
is that it’s two thirds water
and a topiary is supposed to have
worms traveling around
and flies swarming in the air,
then yes,
Earth is a topiary.

2.
then he said,
but what if Earth is a topiary,
and it’s a centerpiece
at a wedding table.

and the candles are stars,
he said.

and,
thinking of the candles
reflected in the eyes
of the guests at the table,
she said,
and the guests at the table
are the galaxies.
and at the end of the night
all of the guests leave,
and it’s like all of the galaxies
are traveling away
at faster
and faster
speeds.


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