VIII/XI/MMXVI | Maureen Alsop

VIII/XI/MMXVI | Maureen Alsop

I occupy a small settlement on the lake–a lung shaped house of stucco & asphalt. Here, bird halos lean outward early acidic stars, the sky’s skull-yellow surface. Very alone. I listen as your touch & untouch go blank.

Snow’s synthesis falls. What light there is I
make the most of: a damp planet blinked
beneath Banksias’. Radio waves pitched your
arrival. Slowly slowly your words came. One
found one. Your last earthward year. You orbit
love’s old battalion, bushfire, space where
meadow clings to wind.


Maureen Alsop, Ph.D. is the author of Later, Knives & Trees; Mirror Inside Coffin; Mantic; Apparition Wren; and several chapbooks. She is the winner of the Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award through the Hawaii Council for the Humanities, Harpur Palate’s Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry and The Bitter Oleander’s Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award. Her poems have been nominated for Pushcart Prize on six occasions. Her poems have appeared in various journals including The Laurel Review, AGNI, Blackbird, Tampa Review, Action Yes, Drunken Boat, and The Kenyon Review. Collaborative poems with poet, Joshua Gottlieb Miller have recently appeared on Verse Daily. Her translations of the poetry of Juana de Ibarbourou (Uruguay, 1892-1979) and Mario Domínguez Parra are available through Poetry Salzburg Review. She teaches online with the Poetry Barn.