The gray cloud's sunburned shoulder
settles into the field,
sinking into mauve, into night.
Horsetail threads across the copper.
I give in
to the need to feel you
lift me in the way a feather,
not a knife,
might lift a curtain slightly
from its stage.
Night, the cloud, rolls over
on its bed of straw.
Bio: Sarah Maclay's third chapbook, Ice from the
Belly, was released in 2001 by Farstarfire Press. Her poems have
recently appeared in ZYZZYVA, Solo, Poetry International, Cider
Press Review, PoetryBay and other journals including
Lyric, the new poetry review from City Lights.
She has been a Poet-In-Residence at Beyond Baroque, where she also
co-edited the Beyond Baroque anthology Echo 6 8 1. Previous
chapbooks are Shadow of Light (The Inevitable Press) and
Weeding the Duchess (Black Stone Press). She was born in
Montana, earned a B.A. at Oberlin College and an MFA at Vermont College,
where she twice received faculty nominations for the AWP Intro Award. She
was recently a semi-finalist in the Tupelo Press first book contest. She
teaches poetry and writing classes in Los Angeles.
Contact Sarah Maclay at email@example.com