PF detail from Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) - 1883;


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May 2009


Ernie Wormwood lives in Leonardtown, Maryland in the USA. New poems are in the anthology Poem, Revised from Marion Street Press and in Poetic Voices Without Borders II  from Gival Press.  She recently appeared on Grace Cavalieri’s program for the Library of Congress, The Poet and the Poem, which can be heard at


Small Machine

Made of voices
tiny and mammoth
it  began
in some cave
or behind a Chinese screen
sometimes, as a slight humming
reminiscent of the Zulu.
A fly can bring it.
No electrical power needed
just power.
I think a woman
gave birth to it
but they took it away,
it didn’t look
like the baby they wanted.
Anyway, that’s what Rilke
named it, one night
all alone, thinking about living forever
and what could run it.

(October, 2008)

Georges Seurat "The Stone Breakers, le Raincy" 1882