Indiana & Yoga Magazine Summer 2016 Issue 1 - Page 81

POETRY Poetry Zen Poetica If paint is a door knock with wet knuckles till the canvas opens Unravel all pots and pitchers to human clay Then seek out a map so faded you can’t tell road from river and when characters from every alphabet spill onto the graveyard’s path take up your knapsack of ink with your own bleached stone — Karen Kovacik KAREN KOVACIK Karen Kovacik is Professor of English at IUPUI. Her poems and translations of contemporary Polish poetry have appeared in many journals including American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Southern Review, and West Branch. This month her anthology of Polish women poets, Scattering the Dark, was published by White Pine Press. She served as Indiana’s Poet Laureate from 2012-2014. INDIANA & YOGA MAGAZINE ISSUE I 79