Summary: The winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize-''These poems are fresh, crisp, and muscular. They are decisive and fearless. Every object, icon, or historical moment has a soul with a voice. In these poems these soulful ones elbow their way to the surface of the page, smartly into the contemporary now.''-Joy Harjo, prize citation
from ''The Piano Speaks''
For an hour I forgot my fat self,
my neurotic innards, my addiction to alignment.
F ...show moreor an hour I forgot my fear of rain.
For an hour I was a salamander
shimmying through the kelp in search of shore,
and under his fingers the notes slid loose
from my belly in a long jellyrope of eggs
that took root in the mud. ...show less