the author of Conversations During Sleep (Anhinga Press), winner
of the Anhinga Prize for Poetry, and The Keeper of Light (Painted
Bride Quarterly Poetry Chapbook Series). Her poems have appeared widely
in literary journals, including Poetry, The Hudson Review, and
Boulevard, and anthologies, such as the award-winning When I
Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple. She has received an Anna Davidson
Rosenberg Award for poems on the Jewish experience and fellowships from
Yaddo, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the
Creative Arts. A longtime New Yorker, she now writes and edits from her
home near Washington, D.C., where she lives with her husband, a high school
Michele read selected poems
During Sleep online
its crest in the way he looks at her.
The wave is as vast as the roiling mass in the Japanese
Print they had paused in front of at the museum,
Capped with ringlets of foam, all
That little village along the shore
Totally lost. There is no escaping
The wave is flooding his heart,
And he is sending the flood
Her way. It rushes
Can you look
at one face
For the whole of a life?
moon peer down
At the tides and hunger for home?
Poetry, June 2001
it have a spine?" the
Chided, reluctant to stock a collection
With less evident heft than its stonier kin.
has a thin but determined spine,
Conversations During Sleep,
Staple-bound," I replied. "It stands
On its own. And when you open it, its mottled
White wings will carry you, high on
Across echoing, dry-river canyons riddled
With petroglyphs, beyond hidden
Dotting tree-glutted mountaintops, a gray spired
City indulgent to street-corner marionettists
And blaring traffic that hugs the
Until it lands you, past miles of sea as subtle
As twilight, upon your doorstep, with your
Heart wanting to open its spare
To strangers, everything crisp."
to a Reading
1978: Silver Anniversary
Keeper of Light
[Wolf's] lucid, passionate poems...are a welcome contribution
to the words that pass among us.
complexes of sound.... Dozens of well-executed passages...and many finely
made, tough-minded poems.
The Georgia Review
of the 1997 Anhinga Prize for Poetry, this volume introduces a warm and
inventive voice. Independent Publisher