Some lie, pins set, in a field of phlox, a living room, the road to the store; the smallest contact and they explode; hence, the poet’s country is full of the limbless.
Others, read without protection, whiten a watcher’s eyes instantly so he spends the rest of his life in snow.
The poet’s readers understand the risks, yet each book he flings into the crowd lands in a pair of eager hands.
How can this be? Is it a trick the poet plays? Who are these readers? What can we do to bring them here?
And the Wide Field
And the wide field’s blank with fog which tilted poles
. . . most recent book is Desire Lines, New and Selected Poems (BOA Editions, 2004). She has published six previous books of poems, including Extranjera (Story Line, 1998), and The Rim-Benders (Anhinga, 2001) Ms. Haskins's collaborations include playing the speaking Mata Hari in a ballet of that title for which she wrote the libretto, presenting a concert of her collection Forty-Four Ambitions for the Piano, with composer James Paul Sain and pianist Kevin Sharpe, and participating in a joint exhibit with photographer Diane Farris. She has also read her work on NPR and on BBC radio in England.
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