Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet's Tulips, Water, Ash, was selected for the 2009 Morse Prize and is out in September 2009 from University Press of New England. She was born in Stockton, California and has earned degrees from Yale University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. After working as a technical editor, arts magazine publisher, gift wrapper, film studio gofer, and cocktail waitress, she now makes her living as a freelance editor. Her poems have been awarded a Javits fellowship and a Phelan Award, and have appeared in journals such as Quarterly West, Blackbird, The Iowa Review, 32 Poems, and Third Coast and in the anthologies Best New Poets 2005 and 2006. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.

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   out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord

—more like out of the middle, the soft
chewy center of here: the mailbox,
the toaster, the dentist office: I cry

to you, or to nothing, I whisper
and roll my eyes: Oh, lord.
       O Lord. Forgive us

our dailiness, our lists of lists.
The gearshift work, the newspaper cutouts,
coupons and cashback in the slow lane.

Whiteboard, whiteout. Little yellow
notes everywhere like moths.
       Oh, lord. Remember

us, here: the soft warm milky middle,
its erasing breath, its easy arms. Here
where we lie, mostly and meanwhile.

First published in 32 Poems, Spring 2004. Copyright © Lisa Gluskin

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