Utopia: Poems by Bryan Edenfield

By Bryan Edelfield

These poems attempt to imagine Utopia.  Rather than straightforward descriptions of hypothetical futures, they strive to emerge from a Utopian context. They presuppose Utopia. The poems aim to bypass our specific cultural and biological worldviews in order to evoke a place beyond us. Considering the impossibility of a perfect civilization, they also take on a dream-like quality.

These worlds are not free from strife or conflict. Maybe personal differences flourish but humanity is paradoxically transcended. They borrow from ecological, hyper-urban, pastoral, feminist, and technological utopian ideals but are ultimately spiritual in nature. They ask the reader to imagine beyond the conventional.



Mining for a New LifePaintings of soft kiss
the space between neon
and grass.

Death smells the labyrinth,
the musk of saints.

Paris still exists.  So?



is never too


cry for fun
wild mother


the self caves in
like a wake.



FrankieI am a girl
in a white field.

I am the son
of astronauts.

I am the mother and
sister moving mountains,
cutting moths.

I am father and
ghost from below
the Bodhi tree.

Bryan Edenfield was born in Arizona but has lived in Seattle since 2007.  He is the co-founder and director of the arts organization, Babel/Salvage.  He also hosts and curates the Glossophonic Showcase, which airs live on Hollow Earth Radio semi-regularly, and co-hosts and co-curates the Ogopogo Performance Series at the Pocket Theater. He has a degree in philosophy and history and works at an art museum.

Top image “Mining for a New Life” by Christine Stoddard. More of her art can be found WorldOfChristineStoddard.com.
Second image “frankie” by Fabio Sassi. Fabio makes photos and acrylics using tiny objects and what is considered to have no worth by the mainstream. Fabio lives and works in Bologna, Italy. His work can be viewed at www.fabiosassi.foliohd.com

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