Marybeth Rua-Larsen lives on the south coast of Massachusetts and is the Head of Reference at her town library. Her poems, essays, flash fiction and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Orbis, Magma, Shot Glass Journal, Crannóg, Gramarye and The Blue Nib. She won the 2016 Parent-Writer Fellowship in Poetry from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, the 2017 Luso-American Fellowship for the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal and was awarded a Hawthornden International Fellowship in Scotland in 2019.
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To smooth the hair, to hush the lips
To squeeze the flesh below the hips
To feed the fire in small degrees
To test the strength of no and please
To seize the book, to mark the page
To slam it shut and bar the cage
To spring the bird, to melt the snow
To linger on what too few know
To smudge the ink, to white the lines
To blunt the edge and blur the signs
To skip the stone or fling it wide
To catch what falls or tries to hide
To blind the eyes, to free the will
To pull the trigger or keep still
Release date: April 16th, 2014.