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POEMS ONLINE

Taos International Journal

One - Jacar Press

The Next Big Thing Interview

Zócalo Public Square

Diode

200 New Mexico Poems, an online anthology - "Chaco Canyon"

Little Eagle Re/Verse - Three poems: "It Happens in This Latitude," "Handbook,"and "Dog Days"

qarrtsiluni

qarrtsiluni

Diode

Blackbird's 10th Anniversary issue

"Handbook" (scroll down for the poem), winner of the Goodreads Poetry Contest.

Interview with Nic Sebastian is up at Very Like a Whale.

Listen at Whale Sound. Read at diode.

A podcast interview/conversation between me and Dave Bonta on his Via Negativa blog.

Ascent (August 2010)

Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective

diode (Vol.3, No. 1, Fall 2009)

Valparaiso Poetry Review (Spring 2009)

qarrtsiluni, a collaboration with Ron Czerwien ("Mutating the Signature," February 2009)

diode (Vol.2, No. 1, Fall 2008)

LOCUSPOINT, the place of poetry, Madison issue

Verse Daily, April 12, 2008

Blackbird

Verse Daily, February 5, 2006


Deciding

Morning, and the river
gives up its cold.

Sit. Breathe. Each moment
its own kerning.

Listen for the breath behind a breath,
the river rivering.

Light angles down and through,
returning light,
green gesso of water.

The artist says on canvas, layers
of clear varnish allow luminosity—
Vermeer's bruised-pear light.

Everything's allowed
but now, you've learned
light has a price.

Only shade exposes ledge
and drop-off, what light hides.

A dry stone--blue dust, chalk.
It says stay.
A wet stone—black, unblinking lizard eye.
It says go.

Whatever you decide, this day will go.

One bird's song
can pull you from your breath.

Sit. Breathe.
There's kindness in the world,
small, silver, out of reach.

© Susan Elbe
First appeared in 88: A Journal of Contemporary
American Poetry
, Issue 6, (October 2006)


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