Sunday, April 23, 2006

Willa Schneberg

I met Willa Schneberg today at Wordstock, Portland's yearly literary festival. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Tikkun, Michigan Quarterly Review, Southern Poetry Review, among others. In 2002 she won the Oregon Book Award for The Margins Of The World and her new book, Storytelling in Cambodia is forthcoming from Calyx Press.

Gigantic Room

There must be a gigantic room
where in a place of honor
a simple vase holds
a day lily
and the pterodactyl, mesophippus,
mastodon, australopithecine,
ask, passenger pigeon,
chatterton, path
sit on mats holding cup
warm with tea
between their paws, claws, hooves, hands



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