Member since November 11, 2014 | 3,652 Readings |
Mary Zartman lives in Oregon. She is working on her first middle reader for publication.
Ten Thousand Children
for Matt Faatz, Lil Dornbush and Pete Kravitz // When we love you / our hearts leap higherwe listen for your steps on the stairs,in the hall, on…
Put me in the Pudding River when I am gone. / Let my mistakes melt into silt; / add a few minerals to the oak; / grow an acre of grass; / or float…
The Color of the Lake
My mother leaves a long message / on the phone machine, filling up the tape / with the colors of Lake Michigan. / Through vast picture windows /…
Oct 26–Waxed Beans
Poems come all the time now / but I don’t write them down. / Even this one is half what it was / before I found the notebook / and set the…
If the trees were falling over; / limbs dropping in the drought years;trunks derailed from the biome;beetles having their way with a multitude of…
Thank You For The Word
You think it will never rain again // global warming has doomed us to hell on earth / then for three days the smell / of dirt unfastening its…
For Your Approval
before / He promptly pays the woman who brings death with dignity. He thanks her for her time.When she leaves he tells us what to do with his…
Breasts have betrayed us. / Cells turn to the dark side / after Venus and Ceres / touch them, after nursing / awakens them to their purpose....
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I Must Be the Cactus
I must be the cactus who loses whole lobes, / stretches green again from just one drop of water. // I think of words / to describe pain. // None…
i have detached myself at last
i have detached myself at last / no one brings me sandwiches anymore / in the morning // opening doors, watching the birds / at the feeder, …
I boil the bruised artichoke / and later watch him suck / the tender leaves, scraping / his teeth across / the meaty flesh. / Triumphant, he tips /…
Our kitchen table is sinking in the middle. / It’s from Wal-Mart and made of cheap vinyl / and was meant for cards, not three years of / cut-rate…
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