Paige Ackerson-Kiely is the author of In No One’s Land, judged by DA Powell as winner of the Sawtooth Poetry Prize. She has also received awards and fellowships from Poets & Writers, Vermont Community Foundation, The Willowell Foundation and The Jentel Artist Residency Program, among others. Her second book of poems, The Misery Trail, is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press, a memoir in verse–A Book About a Candle Burning in Shed–seeking a home, and a novel, Place No Object Here, nearing completion. Paige lives in rural Vermont, where she works at a Wine Store, edits the poetry magazine A Handsome Journal, and manages her family band, The Blonde Sorrows.
from “56 Days”
It’s not that I can tell the future or know what’s going to happen
in the world. But I can know that certain things are never going
to happen. Fortuity, take note.
Have you ever stood near a fire—a big fire? It’s surprisingly loud.
And hot. Of course, it’s hot. I was thinking maybe I should buy a
piece of tin to hide the baby, to protect the baby.
We come down from the mountains. We brought eggs. Proverbs.
If you see in a field, or in any stretch of dirt, clover. Who buries
a treasure. To him, it means “pause.” To me, it means “others.”
Every contact leaves a trace.
Kate Greenstreet’s second book, The Last 4 Things, will be out from Ahsahta Press in September. Her first, case sensitive, was published by Ahsahta in 2006. She is also the author of three chapbooks, most recently This is why I hurt you (Lame House Press, 2008). Her new work is in current or forthcoming issues of jubilat, VOLT, the Denver Quarterly, Court Green, and Fence. “56 Days” is the title of the second section of The Last 4 Things.