Susan Terris

She lives for the unseen,
For the brittle muse in the night sky,
For the dangerous flight of day,
But she aches to live large
With saffron tunic and silver bow.

She wants to scale the tower,
Shun its spiral of granite steps
And grapple upwards stone by stone
From light toward a dark new
Vanishing point.

Only the curious or the damaged
Will climb high for the sake
Of climbing - or a falcon, hooded eyes
Desperate for the flick of life,
Promise of blood.


Susan Terris' book FIRE IS FAVORABLE TO THE DREAMER was published by Arctos Press in 2003. It has just been named “Best Poetry Book of 2003” by the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. In 2004, Gary Metras at Adastra Press will publish a letterpress edition of her chapbook POETIC LICENSE, and Marsh Hawk Press will publish her third full-length book NATURAL DEFENSES. Other recent books of poetry are: CURVED SPACE (La Jolla Poets Press, 1998), EYE OF THE HOLOCAUST (Arctos Press, 1999) and ANGELS OF BATAAN (Pudding House Publications, 1999). Recent fiction: NELL'S QUILT (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Her journal publications include The Antioch Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Ploughshares, Calyx, Shenandoah, Hunger Mountain, Hotel Amerika, Missouri Review, and Southern California Anthology. With CB Follett, she is co-editor of an annual anthology, RUNES, A Review Of Poetry.


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