Loki Confesses


Annette Marie Hyder


My secret is this:
I know fire
is not applied to objects
it exists already
inside everything.

My talent is that
of a sculptor.
I set free conflagration
like shape from a stone.

My nature is to
sparkle, warm, enchant
crackle like fire
most companionably.

I mean you no harm
when my sparkle blinds
my warmth is uncomfortable
I've enchanted you
off your guard.

But I delight in
emotional fireworks
spangling down
the gunpowder roar of discord.
I delight in lighting your fuse.

My favorite tool?
I like forks. And people can be forks too.
Forks are great for skewering with.
And then there are forked flames
my forked tongue
and the fork in the road
where I'll be waiting.

Yes I char
like fire.
I blacken and hurt and burn.
But it is all
for the sake of my art
nothing personal.




Author Bio

Annette makes her home in "Youbetchaitscoldhere", Minnesota. Being from Florida originally, she will never accept that Minnesota winters are not cruel and unusual. She is of French and Irish descent -- and she thinks that it shows.

Her day job occupies her with editorial work and writing; her magazine articles appear in magazines and newspapers throughout the United States and internationally. In addition to magazine articles, she writes interviews and reviews, essays, short stories, flash fiction and poetry.

She has guest edited for Samsara Quarterly and is Contributing Editor/Reviews for Poems Niederngasse. She is currently working on her latest book of poetry, The Real Reason the Queen Hated Snow and Other Stories, a follow up collection to Dancing With the Minotaur.

Meanwhile, her four part poem, "Odin's Debt: What Price Knowledge: A Retelling of the Norse Myth", is in the print anthology of literary fantasy, Envelopes of Time. She has been invited to contribute to the forthcoming speculative fiction anthology, Nemeton II, a follow up to Nemeton that is to be released in the Spring of 2002 by Silver Lake Publishing. And, she has work forthcoming in the print anthology due out in December of this year, from Clean Sheets.

She has been asked, and agreed, to allow her work to be translated into Italian and into German for use in foreign language literary publications.

A small sample of poetry publishing credits includes:
Steel Point Quarterly
Conspire (archived prose and poetry)
Samsara Quarterly (archived)
Blue Fifth Review
Prairie Poetry (archived)
The Pedestal Magazine
Thunder Sandwich
Eclectica Magazine (archived: Vol. 5, No. 1, Vol. 4 No. 1, and Vol. 3, No 3)
Maelstrom (forthcoming)

Selections of her poetry can also be read on coffee labels through a licensing agreement she has come to with Story House Coffees. One of the licensing agreement "perks" includes a free can of coffee featuring the author's work. Annette quite enjoys the thought of getting "beans" for her "two cents".

Annette sees life as a poem that is constantly altering its form to accommodate one's world view/experiences: sometimes a sonnet, sometimes haiku, sometimes graffiti on a wall. She believes that in love you should not say it with flowers, you should say it with words. Diamonds, however, are always acceptable.

More poetry, prose and magazine articles are forthcoming from this busy writer. A sample of recent Bridal, Parenting and Women's Publications credits can be obtained upon request:

Email requests to adhyder@frontiernet.net





"Loki Confesses" Copyright © 2001 Annette Marie Hyder. All rights reserved.
Previously published in Poems Niederngasse. Published by permission of the author.


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