Poem of the Week: Joan Larkin

Poem of the Week: Joan Larkin

by Michael Klein on February 10, 2011

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in Poems of the Week,Poetry and Poetics

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Everyone in it dead now––Dad,
three, in a skirt––and I see her

again, the unnamed woman.  She
is me.  No one to introduce us:

Hello, Me. Unruly eyebrow woman,
eyes sepia but blue––they must be;

hair pulled slant, frame bent
lensward, skeptical mouth

smiling––I know you.  How did you
leash your mind, when you

looked through the small window
or stared through water

at your veined hand?

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Joan Larkin’s most recent collection, My Body: New and Selected Poems (Hanging Loose Press) received the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award. She teaches in Drew University’s Low-Residency MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation.
  • Shell Geiser

    This is a wonderful poem! “How did you leash your mind…” what a great line. Hope to see more Larkin poetry on the blog. Thanks, editor.

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