Jane Ellen Glasser




Winter Storm

 

She woke to white fields and a screen of snow

so thick she could barely see the shed.

He had left early. There was another place

to go to once night fell. Tree to tree, a red

 

cardinal stitched the white air.

The garden that had worked her hands

all spring and summer lay buried. She felt sad

this morning, looking out on so much land

 

that held nothing. She would always wake

with a cold place beside her in the bed.

He would always return to the house in town

for the children's sake. She had read 

 

the winter storm was coming. She was prepared

to wait it out. The distance between, a backroads

route, would go unplowed for days. She stared

at the dwarf maple, bent low by its heavy load.


The white-roofed feeder swung in the wind

like a ghost’s lantern. She told herself it was good

enough that he wanted her. Before he left,

he had chopped and brought in wood.


 



Jane Ellen Glasser's poetry has appeared in numerous journals, such as Hudson Review, Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Georgia Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Poetry Northwest. Her poems have garnered numerous awards from the Irene Leache Society, Puddingstone, and the Poetry Society of Virginia, and she has been recognized for outstanding articles on teaching poetry that were featured in Virginia English Bulletin and English Journal. In the past she reviewed poetry books for the Virginian-Pilot, edited poetry for the Ghent Quarterly and Lady Jane's Miscellany, and co-founded the nonprofit arts organization and journal New Virginia Review.  A first collection of her poetry, Naming the Darkness, with an introduction by W. D. Snodgrass, was issued by Road Publishers in 1991. She won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry 2005, and her award-winning book, Light Persists, published by Tampa University Press in April 2006, received an honorable mention in the 2007 Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Her chapbook, On the Corner of Yesterday, was recently released by Pudding House Publications.









                                    

 

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