Salt water swimmer with freshwater memory,
years spent displaced but yearning,let me follow you. I, too, remember upstream,
its pine-dusted air and scent. When you look
for that place which you, as a sleek fry, called
home—take me along. I, too, need to
thrash past fern, over current-smoothed rock,
struggle toward a pinked dream-spot.
As I travel with you, broad river to stream to
inlet to pool, your quicksilver tail will be
my beacon. And I, too, will think love,
think home, home—instead of only death.
’ most recent books are Ghost of Yesterday: New & Selected Poems
(Marsh Hawk Press) and Memos
She is the author of six poetry books, fifteen chapbooks, and three artist’s books. Journal publications include The Southern Review
, Denver Quarterly
, Colorado Review,
. A poem of hers from Field
appeared in Pushcart Prize XXXI
. She’s editor of Spillway Magazine.
A poem from Memos appears in Best American Poetry 2015
. Her next book Take Two: Film Studies
will be published by Omnidawn in 2017. www.susanterris.com