I keep my grudge near me
and pull a warm blanket to its chin.
Its sweet pliable mouth makes the shapes
of all my little prejudices.
I’m ashamed how comforting
cold company is. All my life
I’ve birthed resentments
half mine, half drawn from the air.
Wisps of unrest and deprivation
light the nursery,
blink and wiggle to my rocking.
This one wails, ready to wake
the neighborhood. Who will love it
if not me? I nurse my grudge
until the sky fills pink with morning
birds, or sleep through its squalls
and wake anxious and alone.
Previously appeared in Willow Springs.
- “For Years You Observed Night from a Distance” in Poetry Northwest
- “Our Fathers” in Verse Daily
- “Compare the movement of swallows” in Plume
- “Shield” in All We Can Hold: poems of motherhood
- “Brooding” in All We Can Hold: poems of motherhood
- “Another Letter about the Weather” in All We Can Hold: poems of motherhood
- “Waking Up Strange” in The Seattle Review of Books
- “I Dreamed of Obama on the Night of His First Election” in Plume
- “Thimbleberry” in Orion
- “Augean Suite” along with rare Hanford photos in Poetry Northwest
- “Radiation” featured in The Oregonian
- “To Carolyn’s Father” featured in The Seattle Times
- “Richland Dock, 2006,” and “Richland Dock, 1956,”
- “Museum of a Lost America” and “Deposition”
- “Whole Body Counter, Marcus Whitman Elementary,” “Self-Portrait with Father as Tour Guide” and “Flow Chart”
- “Lilacs” in Cascadia Review
- “1960s TV” in Cascadia Review
- “From a Classroom” in Cascadia Review
- “Married Love,” “Dance of the Hours,” and “Commencement” at Connotation Press
- “Incident in the Park” on the online journal, Plume
- “Natural History”on The Writer’s Almanac
- “Let me sleep 20 more minuets” on The Monarch Review
- Three Hanford poems at DMQ Review
- “Gil’s Story”on Writer’s Almanac
- Three Poems on Word Riot
- “The League of Minor Characters”on Writer’s Almanac
- “The Man Who Played Too Much Tetris” on Reimagining Place
- “Mosquito Truck” in Willow Springs
- “Old Woman with Protea Flowers” in American Life in Poetry
- “Sea Monster” Verse Daily
- “The Sound of a Train” Verse Daily
- “Sotto Voce” on the Writer’s Page at the NEA
- “Woman Reading” at the Poetry Foundation
- Old Woman with Protea Flowers, Kahalui Airport” at the Poetry Foundation
- “What I Learned Weeding” in Verse Daily
- “Conversation with a Sensualist” at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda
Following are brief reviews of four poets’ collected letters. For anyone who can’t quite penetrate the eccentricity of Marianne Moore’s poetry, or who misses the deep feeling beneath Elizabeth Bishop’s famous control, I recommend their incomparable letters. Wallace Stevens explains “The Emperor of Ice Cream” and other mysteries, though the mystery of his inner life remains mostly intact. And the correspondence of WC Williams and Louis Zukofsky documents the modernist and avant-garde poetry movements and a warm and supportive friendship.
- One Art: Letters of Elizabeth Bishop
- The Selected Letters of Marianne Moore
- The Correspondence of William Carlos Williams and Louis Zukofsky
- The Letters of Wallace Stevens and Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered, in Umbrella Magazine.
Other reviews in Umbrella Magazine