The Conjurer

(after the painting by Hans Hofmann)

Out of the fabric of his past
from its tangled threads
black defeats, blue indignities
the embarrassments of red
he wove a litany of lies
cities sieged and taken
nations conquered
by his command
the stars at his fingertips
he discovered new life
in yellowing rolls of yarn
conjured gold from iron chains
the magic of his words
unspoken spoke rebirth
in woven tales.

Neil Ellman

About Ijagun Poetry Journal

Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium. We don’t want to hear these stories from our master “griots” alone; we want to hear from those mastering their art, too. Hence, we aim at publishing new and emerging poets. We also welcome the works of established poets in order to encourage the poetic genius of those mastering poetic art. We prize original works that conform to, break or reinvent conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that make us appreciate the "poetry" in everything.
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