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Karren LaLonde Alenier

July 2017 & July 2018

July 2018

Karren LaLonde Alenier


KARREN LaLONDE ALENIER is author of six poetry collections, including Looking for Divine Transportation and On a Bed of Gardenias: Jane and Paul Bowles. Gertrude Stein Invents a Jump Early On, her jazz opera with William Banfield premiered at NYC’s Symphony Space Thalia Theater in 2005. More information at http://alenier.blogspot.com.


Paul Bowles on Jane



Of course she was my kind

of girl, terrorizing her neighbor-

hood—painting the wet laundry

blue, jumping horses at a boarding

school where Janie was the only


egging me on in my mimicry of

Truman Capote when she was clearly

the master. She said she made sloppy

stews on a hot plate for him in a Paris

hotel room years after I tried to show

                                               my bride

to the only woman who could tell me

what to do. Hello, Alice. Freddie here.

Did you receive my petit bleu? I want

to introduce my wife Jane to Miss Stein

and you. Summer 1938 not to be—


and Alice leaving for the country side. Soon

the war separating us. Then Jane’s novel

making me believe I could pick up the pen

and write words of consequence. She was

my kind of muse: elusive, comically dark,

                                               hard to resist.


July 2018

Karren LaLonde Alenier

Karren LaLonde Alenier is author of The Anima of Paul Bowles, her seventh poetry collection. Gertrude Stein Invents a Jump Early On, her jazz opera with William Banfield premiered New York 2005. She is working with Janet Peachey on What Price Paradise, an opera romance about Jane and Paul Bowles.




I took a week off

from grief to laugh

with friends my Greek

family the Greeks

who invented tragedy

also invented comedy

in the theater of loss

levity hides in the back

row I find my late spouse

there his arms around me

wanting to neck before

the lights dim I hand him

a stick of giggle gum I

contort my arms to wave

an elephant nose I say

jump in your fire red race

car and go when I shout po-

lice slow to a crawl these

silly acts alter my body

chemistry I clap and chant

very good very good yay

for days my man Jim inhabits

this child’s play we couple in joy



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