Each week we'll choose a member and a piece of their work to spotlight - this week is Shelby, our most prolific poet. Shelby loves to write, paint, and draw. Her biggest influences are: Poe, Faulkner, Maugham, Dickinson, Plath, Ginsberg, and Joyce Carol Oates. She's a student at BCTC, and planning to transfer and double major in English and History.
Feeding my head weights, so that it sinks and sinks
into a pool of jumbled letters and mumbled words;
I'm nodding, slipping into a coded way of life
where the path is slicked with ink and
the nights stretch into fugues of misplaced memories.
I can't seem to remember where I'm supposed to go.
I've got it written down on a scrap of flesh,
but the lines twist into a helix bound by faith
that has no beginning and no destination.
How can you decipher a waking dream like that?