The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Clara Jones: 1 Poem Published

Poem by Clara Jones (USA)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 49




Tropics In Dry Season


The Corobici moves toward Cañas, south

of Liberia, west of Arenal's rim round as a

monkey's eye, a monkey Buddha seated on

a scabrous limb of Andira blooming for bees

and hummingbirds green as cilantro in mango

cream coating crisp tilapia on a blue plate

borne to America by Juan Heraldo's ancestors

from Grenada whose African patron saint

blessed every Acacia in Accra where Englishwomen

sipped tea from Wedgwood cups while sons

played with children of slaves in courtyards

designed like Italian atriums, bocce balls no

bigger than bread plates arranged for lunch

in a white tent where Count Pietro blessed the

marriage of his favorite daughter who ran away

to the New World with a commoner who

bought five hectares and grew tomatoes

for the rest of his life while Cebus were sent to

Victoria for her amusement like Darwin was

amused by finches and Gray by mammals and

Fischer by numbers before Mattias Kopfner

renovated Axel Springer to sell “the art of fun”

at Fondazione Prada, feeling an obligation to

Milan and to Christopher Wool whose text paintings

sell for ten million dollars though de Kooning

painted with “doubt” before troops were sent to

Eritrea—every day warmer when wet season turns dry and

Tabebuia bloom in unison across deciduous landscapes.

About the Poet


Clara B. Jones is a retired scientist, currently practicing poetry in Asheville, NC. As a woman of color, Clara writes about the “performance” of identity and power, and her poems, reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous venues. Her collection, Ferguson And Other Satirical Poems About Race, won the 2015 Bitchin' Kitsch Chapbook Competition.

Image: "Acacia" by Oliver Dodd.