Alifair Skebe is author of two books of poetry and holds a PhD. in literature from the University at Albany. Raised in Louisiana and Texas, her poems are both lyrical and narrative influenced by landscape, world religion, deep image, and song.
from "The Wedding Moon Stone":
"Her hair is long, so long they say,
hair of down down down
the eyes of a thousand drunken sailors
drowned at the stern, the gilt ring
around the half-cut bubble Aphrodite bore
out of the sea. She is a song.
She is a folk tale streaming with ribbons
May pole around her neck, old tea bags,
dirty dish towels—all pink, all swollen."
published in Philament
from "The Momentous Life of a Drip of Paint":
"the city is drowning
the oceans are drowning with fish
the fish are breathing
published in em
Publications and Prizes
El Aqua Es La Sangre De La Tierra: The Water Is the Blood of the Earth (Finishing Line Press, 2008), Love Letters: Les Cartes Postales (Double artist's chapbook) (Basilisk Press, 2004)
32 Poems, Blueline, Chronogram Magazine, Colere, Diner, eratio, Interim, Literary Mama, Louisiana Review, MannequinEnvy, philament, Poems and Plays: Middle Tennessee State Univ, Rhino Magazine, Rootdrinker, So to Speak, Sulphur River Literary Review, Temenos, The Cape Rock, Underground Voices