Thursday, April 20, 2006

Cathy Smith Bowers

from A Book of Minutes, Iris Press, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 2004. Cathy teaches in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte, NC. Her poems have appeared The Altantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, Poetry, Shenandoah, The Southern Poetry Review, The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, among others. Her other books of poetry are The Love That Ended Yesterday in Texas and Travelling in Time of Danger.

Appropriate Container

She thought it was time I found one.
Three years and then
some, my brother's
ashes, swaddled

in the green velvet bag a friend
had once given
me wine in. A
month later I

did. Satin lined. Shrouded in spring
flowers. Safe in
the soft crook of
her folded arm.



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