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Fall/Winter 2017



Wyatt Townley

THE LESSON

A girl needs a teacher
she walks into the classroom 
of the woods    

the trees advise her
to grow down  
she spends her life falling

all day each night
the wind assigns
its infinite homework

the years inscribe
their lectures in her scars
and when she finds       

she can walk no further
she plants her heart
in the earth

and children climb
into her arms


Wyatt Townley is Poet Laureate of Kansas Emeritus. Her work has been read by Garrison Keillor on NPR, featured by Ted Kooser in “American Life in Poetry,” and published in journals including The North American Review, Nimrod, The Paris Review, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, and The Yale Review. The poems in this issue are from her forthcoming book, Rewriting the Body. www.WyattTownley.com

 


 

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