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STARS IN THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF
(for Heather Douglas)

Cecilia Woloch
 
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"Dream Wolf" by Gayle Dae

Los Angeles. Winter burns into spring.
A blue jay has come to live in the bristling tree
at my kitchen window.

Hundreds of miles up the coast, a woman I love is growing thin.
Transparent. Cancer. And the sky shows through her hands.

We believe we will live forever until
we can't believe it again.

At midnight, I wash my blood-soaked lingerie
in the bathroom sink.
The water turns a muddy brown. The body's rust.

What good is it to pray to the medicine moon for happiness?

I have seen stars in the mouth of the wolf.
I know that hope is as sharp as our teeth.

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Cecilia Woloch has lived in Los Angeles for the past 22 years, where she has long been an active member of the literary community, both as poet and as teacher of poetry workshops for children, young people and adults. She's most recently served on the adjunct creative writing faculties of California State University at Northridge, University of Redlands, and the University of Southern California. In 1998, she was named Director of Summer Poetry in Idyllwild, a week long celebration of poets and poetry held every summer in the San Jacinto mountains of Southern California. Her first collection of poems, Sacrifice, was published by Cahuenga Press in 1997; Cahuenga Press will also publish her book-length poem, Tsigan The Gypsy Poem, in early 2002, and another collection, entitled Late, is forthcoming from BOA Editions, Ltd., in 2003. Ms. Woloch spends part of each year traveling, lecturing and teaching throughout Europe. She's given lectures and readings at the University of Basel in Switzerland, Frieburg University in Germany, The LiteraturHaus in Berlin, and the American School in Warsaw. In the spring of 2000 she was awarded a fellowship to the International Writers Retreat at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland, and subsequently travelled in the spring and summer to Poland on a grant from ArtsLink/CEC International Partners. In early 2002, she will be the first writer-in-residence at Bernheim Forest and Arboretum in Clermont, Kentucky. In the fall, she'll be relocating to Atlanta with her husband, the poet Thomas Lux.

E-mail Cecilia Woloch at
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