“Elizabeth Bishop Injects Herself With Adrenaline For Ashma” by Susan Okie (poetry, ’14)

A poem by Susan Okie (poetry, ’14) appears in Cider Press Review:

 

Elizabeth Bishop Injects Herself With Adrenaline For Ashma

Eyes closed, I inhale, I imagine:
a fine needle in the arm opens your chest,
raises you to a high pitch,
sets you humming all night.
Saved from drowning, you float
on the surface, gulping breaths,
heart at a Scarlatti gallop–

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“Husband,” “On the Moon” & “My Broken Family” by Kerrin McCadden

A poem by Kerrin McCadden (poetry, ’14) appears in Horsethief:

Husband

I walk around saying husband,

though I have none. Some years,

I grow perennial husbands, and some

wild husbands, in clumps along the creek.

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I live in husband territory, in the migratory

path of husbands. I think I heard an H of husbands

flying north, overhead. My god,

look at the size of that husband at the feeder.

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“Love’s Austere & Lonely Offices” by Susan Okie (poetry, ’14)

 

A poem by Susan Okie (poetry, ’14) appears in Beltway Poetry Quarterly:

 

Love’s Austere & Lonely Offices

after Robert Hayden

What do I know of the mornings you slept in,
the pain in your stomach our cue to keep
our voices low, tiptoe? Awake, asleep,
invisible behind the bedroom door.
If I stayed home, I might see you emerge
mid-morning, holding a mug you’d top
up with coffee when you’d swallowed half.
Shuffling in robe and slippers, reading the paper,
nerving up to go next door, crunch numbers
in the office behind your mother’s house.
Puzzling, part-time work: a factory’s
payroll, tax returns in March, the month
we knew your stomach would flare.
Only the odd names of certain workers lit
your interest: Carmelita Schwartz, you’d say,
that’s funny! Words—you kept them close,
doled out Spanish to me, one word at a time.
When I was sick, you wrote an earache
limerick. There once was a doctor named Wimmer
whose mother-in-law was a swimmer…
And songs. When you died, you were working on
a musical about Odysseus, the man who loved
home but couldn’t seem to get there.

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“A Partial List of Things I Can’t Control” by Jill Klein (poetry, ’16)

A poem with audio by Jill Klein (poetry, ’16) appears in Tinderbox Poetry Journal.

 

A Partial List of Things I Can’t Control

The rain, which is inconsolable.

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The day the morays go out to sea.

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The lives of fish in February.

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Carpenter bees who think it’s Spring.

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Contempt with a side of sugar.

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The swimming pool: when it opens, when the baby without a diaper—

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“Let You Fly” by Susan Okie (poetry, ’14)

A poem by Susan Okie (poetry, ’14) appears in Innisfree Poetry Journal:

 

Let You Fly

Panis angelicus, we sang,

Sister in her wimple and veil,

sweeping her arms in slow arcs,

shaping the Latin with full lips.

The soul a circle she drew

on the blackboard, grace the side

of the chalk shading it white,

sin the eraser, rubbing

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Quarterly Digest

Faculty News and Publications

 

Rodney Jones, Village Prodigies

♦ Faculty member Rodney Jones’ novel, Village Prodigies, is available now through Mariner Books.

Marianne Boruch, The Little Death of the Self: Nine Essays toward Poetry

 

The Little Death of the Self: Nine Essays toward Poetry, a collection of essays on poetry by Marianne Boruchis now available through University of Michigan Press.

 

 

Alumni News & Publications

Jenny Johnson, In Full Velvet

 

Jenny Johnson’s (poetry, ’11), debut collection of poems, In Full Velvet, is available now from Sarabande Books.

 

Nathan McClain, Scale

Scalethe debut collection from Nathan McClain (poetry, ’13), is available from Four Way Books.

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