About the authors:
Zarina Zabrisky and Simon Rogghe are poetic orphan gypsies of cosmopolitan origin. When they began to write poems to each other, a "third mind" was created, dissolving the boundaries between their separate identities. Radical surrealists, they believe that literature is greater than one author, that art is bigger than an artist. [More on their Literary Collaboration…]
© Photo by Joe Carrow
From "Queretaro Madley Duet"…
The bleeding holes
Under your shoulder blades
Is where the sky begins.
They are blue as an orange—
The color of the world.
“La terre est blue comme une orange,”
Said Paul Eluard.
The sky you carry on your back,
And as you walk, you fly.
"Merging the radical collaboration of the surrealists with the entirely personal secrets of alchemy, they initiate a manual for transformation…" – David Higgins
"a hugely multifaceted, multigenred piece of art. The words exist as a buoy in the ocean that moves with the swell continuously but never reaches a shore, thus it is and always will be moving slowly and rhythmically." – Kim Koga, Grab the Lapels
"I’ve not read a collaborative work that came together so well as Green Lions, especially one that is so easy and profound to fall into, and is both unforgettable and entertaining." – Marie Lecrivain, Al-Khemia Poetica
"… all I want to do is to return to the book and drown my day in layers of sensual reality, that magical sweet spot of being. Suspended by words, held by Green Lions." – Nadine Sellers, Last Known Nest
"… out of this world. … This is a mesmerising work that will pull you in like poetry should. The poets complement each other perfectly. They are truly two souls entwined into one." – Kevin Cooper, Kev's Blog
"what love got to do with it?" – Up The Staircase Quarterly
Green Lions published by Numina Press
Green Lions is a story of two souls in words and images. A medley of Duets, Diptychs and Amalgams where two voices merge and interlace. Each of the twenty-two poems in this book is illustrated by a drawing: the number of Major Arcana in the Tarot. This artistic collaboration between Zarina Zabrisky and Simon Rogghe literally dances off the page.
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– Dedicated to André Breton
I feel this sky
piercing me through
like blades of Damascus steel.
it is a sharp pain-pleasure.
I am a butterfly
on the needle of the world.