Bio Note: Lately, I've been making lots of noise in the viola sections of the Madison Symphony and Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. I am delighted that my full-length collections The Waiting Room for the Imperfect Alibis and The Devil Orders a Latte are forthcoming from Kelsay Books and Fernwood Press. I have two Pushcart Prize nominations and quite a few chickens.
Conversation with Shyness
You wear it well, the coat of wishful invisibility at a rakish angle Your faltering at any doorknob rings true as the breath we have to take before entering any party But my favorite flash of your presence is the inward turn which you execute with such grace, skill of primadonna, spirit of mole, burrowing
He gave it to her as a directive in Pericles, how to come back to life after sixteen years: The story of his mother’s death, how they laid her in the living room for the hours it took for his sister to get home, witnesses to the slow unclenching of her final battle over eight hours, as her body relaxed with the loosening of death Now, a choice to reverse the process on stage, in a life imagined
The car, always pulling to the right The heart, towards wanting Sunflowers, of course Ants, along the scent, marching And sorrow; tend with care, don’t overwater
©2022 Katrin Talbot
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