Elisavietta Ritchie

Pierre Bonnard: The Letter



Had we but reams of time to fill

5000 barren pages with our love


turn clocks upside down

reset two pairs of hands—


who knows what clasps would snap

inside chronometers, springs uncoil—


what timeless tomes and times

we would create—

Elisavietta Ritchie's most recent book of poems, Tiger Upstairs on Connecticut Avenue, is forthcoming from the Cherry Grove imprint, WordTech in 2013.  Her previous books include Cormorant Beyond the Compost; Real Toads; Awaiting Permission to Land; Spirit of the Walrus; Arc of the Storm; Elegy for the Other Woman; Tightening The Circle Over Eel Country; Raking The Snow; In Haste I Write You This Note; Flying Time. She edited The Dolphin's Arc: Endangered Creatures of the Sea and other volumes.  She served as president for both fiction and poetry divisions of the Washington Writers' Publishing House and continues as a fiction editor. She currently leads the workshop "Re-Write Your Life: Creative Memoir Writing," mentors, and serves as a poet-in-the-schools. Her sonnet "Camille Pissarro's Bather" recently won The Ledge Poetry Prize.



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