Three poems by alumna Sara Quinn Rivara (poetry, ’02) appear at Blackbird:

Lake Ice

The length of a first marriage: eternity, shore-fast ice
creeping onto the Lake. In such cold, when told to sing, stones

fell from my throat; when told to sit still, knees hum.
So the Lake chews the pier when told to be quiet, sand

runs in frozen ridges up the dune. It’s all done; the mouth
unfolds its origami cranes. Was I the wife who cowered

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