The Poles by Ann Stephenson


The Poles is a chapbook of poetry by Ann Stephenson.

From The Poles:

Some books turn into other books
today the queen is in green
just enough netting to cover her eyes
give the slow opening tulip a drink

I lose time in numbers
winter is my time
nothing but ice crunching
of course things happen around the edges
those two houses drink from the same light
a row of bushes, bushels of beetroot
laundry wrapped with rope

I must work on my story
the end is divided, almost curtailed
by robbers and bawdy revelers
outbursts go unnoticed

Strike from the record
the feeling of helplessness
replace it with coarse salts
you are strange and beautiful

Ann Stephenson’s publications include Wirework (2006), Adventure Club (2013), and The Poles (2017). Some of her poems have appeared in Across the Margin, Brooklyn Rail, Delineator, Ladowich, Recluse, and Sal Mimeo, as well as the anthology Like Musical Instruments: 83 Contemporary American Poets (2014). She is the founder and editor of Tent Editions. She received her MFA from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York in 2007, and curated the Ready Set Readings series at Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta in 2009–10. Stephenson is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship in Poetry (2017). She was born and raised in Georgia and lives between New York City’s East Village and Fire Island.

Published by Tent Editions of NYC

5" x 6.75"

30 pages

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