Week 3 of Syntax Sundays: Joseph James Cawein, Camille Borody and Sarah Escoffery

This week for Syntax Sundays we will be featuring three talented poets: Joseph James Cawein, Camille Borody and Sarah Escoffery (we’re receiving so many submissions that we can’t keep up!). Each of these pieces works with the theme of nature, providing the reader with a fresh perspective and emotional impact.


Joseph James Cawein’s Autumn PDX is a chilling piece that opens huge pockets of visual and sensorial imaginations to the reader. Its heavy use of near rhyme and alliteration gives the poem a sense of interconnection, contrasted by the heavy starkness of the last two lines.

Autumn PDX

oh how tepid burns the flame
in gelid grasping fingers
of hallucinatory coasts,
earth’s fabled eccentricities
slinking in silent corners
of tainted mind
& painted thoughts,
myriad ceilings,
concrete dispersed freely,
stars burned out
of the sky


In an untitled piece by Camille Borody, the reader is encapsulated in a dream-like state full of colourful imagery. The personification of nature gives this piece a sense of romanticism and desire.

I dreamt that we made love in the grass
and walked beneath the plump moon
We kissed at twilight,
and chased the sunset’s glow
We stood on the hot turf,
and it shawn from all four corners of the earth.
I felt the mauves and pink hues warm my face
They kissed my cheeks
and told me not to fear the dark,
For they would soon return
We lay in the weeds and tossed as the stars broke through their black mask
You whispered promises you would not keep
and I took them anyway.
Swirls of cosmos danced round
and took my weak arms into theirs,
As if to say goodnight


Last (but certainly not least) is Sarah Escoffery’s do you agree, a poem that captures something new with each alliterated verse. The rhythm is almost staccato, but remains within a complete emotional narrative. The layers of contrast of sound, imagery and even language make this poem powerful and moving.do you agree




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