Poem of the Week: June 28th, 2015

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August 17, 2015 by carolinetanski

The first poem I ever published appeared in burntdistrict’s second issue. Jen Lambert and Liz Kay have exceptional editorial eyes—they consistently find and promote work that is direct, unsentimental, and unforgettable. Their poem of the week is always worth reading; this one from June 28th, 2015 is one of my favorites.


Barbara Duffey’s poetry chapbooks, The Circus of Forgetting (dancing girl press) and The Verge of Thirst (South Dakota State Poetry Society) were published in 2013. She has a full-length collection forthcoming from Word Poetry in 2015. Her work also appears in Volume 3, Issue 1 of burntdistrict.

By Barbara Duffey

So when tomorrow folds
in on itself like an ache
I’ll visit your voice in the
nest of my want, your shelter.
Baby – please need me shorn
and scalded, needled. I shut myself
down to let science take over your
outset, my makeshift tiny specimen.

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