The poems in this collection are the proverbial spring bulbs abandoned in the basement, growing toward a slim crack of sunlight. They are both aware of the limitations of social structures and forcefully committed to breaking out of those traps, urging toward a better way of living. The characters in these poems resist the twenty-first century’s prescription for a life of emotional-spiritual bankruptcy, reaching toward an ever-elusive glimmer on the horizon.
About the Author
Cheryl Dumesnil is editor of Hitched! Wedding Stories from San Francisco City Hall and coeditor of Dorothy Parker's Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos. Her poems have appeared in Calyx, Indiana Review, Many Mountains Moving, and Nimrod International Journal, among other publications. Cheryl teaches writing workshops in the San Francisco Bay area.
Table of ContentsIn Praise of Falling IV. Say Yes Narrative Revisited Other Nights Somewhere in a Box Marked Keep Afterbirth True Junk Shop Magic Recurring Nightmare Predicting Change Foundling III. Somewhere in a Box Marked Keep Hard Labor Triangle Tattoo Changing Room Clarissa’s Great Aunt The Hill Stars Chosen The Amnesiac, Seventh Grade Killing The Storyteller’s Daughter II. Changing Room Moon, Jacket, Yellow, Tree, Violin On the first day of class Teaching Luca Mr. Potato Head American Robin Prayer for Sleep Theories “A Soldier’s Home, Hughes, Arkansas, 1970” Bernal Heights Don’t Miss It Atlantis It’s not Armageddon I. Theories Contents Meteorology The Swimmer Wetlands Don’t Ask Me When If Q to the 6 Train Creature Dark Magic Getting It Right This Time Say Yes Acknowledgments