December 6, 2012 / Creative Writing
In “Light Adaptation,” the poet Sarah Steinke offers images that evoke childhood fear and the darkness of memory while also leading into the freedom of revelation, of “everything visible” becoming “light.”
March 31, 2009
After the three sisters had waited nine months
for the baby who was born dead,
they fretted about her being buried alone.
So they placed next to her
their almost-favorite stuffed animals,
the toucan by her plump cheeks
and the kookaburra by her elbow.
In her hands, they put the board book
Good Night Gorilla, in which the gorilla-hero steals
the keys from the zookeeper’s belt,
and frees the elephant, lion and giraffe.
The sisters knew she would laugh
when the animals followed the keeper to his house,
and the gorilla slept in his bed.
Plus she would learn about locks and keys.
And when Grandma died seven days later,
they knew she would read the book to the baby
and blow on her belly and sing
Toora, loora, loora.
These are the things
the three sisters did and told us,
the grown ups who did nothing, but sit
like stones in our chairs, staring.
On the Mason-Dixon LineLiz Dolan, a four time Pushcart nominee, has received an established professional fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts, 2009. Her first manuscript was nominated for the Robert McGovern Prize, Ashland University, 2008, and her poetry was published in On the Mason-Dixon Line: An Anthology of Contemporary Delaware Writers, 2008.