Archetype Enablers


Annette Marie Hyder


His beard was ghostlight blue,
blue like veins
seen through too thin skin,
and pale, like small albino things
with no eyes to see in the dark.

His beard was ghostlight blue.

Lamentations seeded fear.
And it was said
that each hair grew from sorrow,
Sorrow being the name he christened
every new wife with.
How many wives would that be?
And how many sorrows passed away
to his joy
and bristling beard?

Lamentations seeded fear.

How did he win them?
His mouth teemed with terroring teeth
above his cudgel like chin
and the hands that partnered
his lamprey mouth
were long nailed; bent odd at the wrist.
But that mouth won at wooing
His hands caressed the corpses
to be.

How did he win them?

There is a need in some
of the purest
to immolate themselves
to the strong.
Each Sorrow feared
to let herself fear
for fear that would
make fears come true.
And each Sorrow's footsteps
trailed unerringly
to Bluebeard's awful room.

Some immolate themselves to the strong.

The final Sorrow
was a special sorrow
a sorrow just for him
his best beloved
and tenderly cherished
cozen coddled victim.
She beat the archetype beast
she bested the brute in the test
of curiosity's punishment. And yet

who was the cozened
who was the coddled
who the cherished victim?




Author Bio

Annette makes her home in "Youbetchaitscoldhere", Minnesota. Being from Florida originally, she will never accept that Minnesota winters are not cruel and unusual. She is of French and Irish descent -- and she thinks that it shows.

Her day job occupies her with editorial work and writing; her magazine articles appear in magazines and newspapers throughout the United States and internationally. In addition to magazine articles, she writes interviews and reviews, essays, short stories, flash fiction and poetry.

She has guest edited for Samsara Quarterly and is Contributing Editor/Reviews for Poems Niederngasse. She is currently working on her latest book of poetry, The Real Reason the Queen Hated Snow and Other Stories, a follow up collection to Dancing With the Minotaur.

Meanwhile, her four part poem, "Odin's Debt: What Price Knowledge: A Retelling of the Norse Myth", is in the print anthology of literary fantasy, Envelopes of Time. She has been invited to contribute to the forthcoming speculative fiction anthology, Nemeton II, a follow up to Nemeton that is to be released in the Spring of 2002 by Silver Lake Publishing. And, she has work forthcoming in the print anthology due out in December of this year, from Clean Sheets.

She has been asked, and agreed, to allow her work to be translated into Italian and into German for use in foreign language literary publications.

A small sample of poetry publishing credits includes:
Steel Point Quarterly
Conspire (archived prose and poetry)
Samsara Quarterly (archived)
Blue Fifth Review
Prairie Poetry (archived)
The Pedestal Magazine
Thunder Sandwich
Eclectica Magazine (archived: Vol. 5, No. 1, Vol. 4 No. 1, and Vol. 3, No 3)
Maelstrom (forthcoming)

Selections of her poetry can also be read on coffee labels through a licensing agreement she has come to with Story House Coffees. One of the licensing agreement "perks" includes a free can of coffee featuring the author's work. Annette quite enjoys the thought of getting "beans" for her "two cents".

Annette sees life as a poem that is constantly altering its form to accommodate one's world view/experiences: sometimes a sonnet, sometimes haiku, sometimes graffiti on a wall. She believes that in love you should not say it with flowers, you should say it with words. Diamonds, however, are always acceptable.

More poetry, prose and magazine articles are forthcoming from this busy writer. A sample of recent Bridal, Parenting and Women's Publications credits can be obtained upon request:

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"Archetype Enablers" Copyright © 2001 Annette Marie Hyder. All rights reserved.
Published by permission of the author.


This page last updated 10-24-01.

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