Saundra Rose Maley

On Not Having Written for a Long While

I look out over this deep white forest
For a place to begin and it is always the same.
I stop just before the invisible trees—

Afraid to be trapped like my grandfather
In the miles of Eckhart mines, or condemned
Like his heavy wife, to a black dress

And dark resentments—I shudder
Against this stopping and the deep
White woods growing darker.

One bud beyond its measure breaks
Such practice for the heart—

No longer habitable, that place
Urgent, green, and taut.

I long for wings, not words
And longing’s but a wish

I dangle idly, lost—   
Love still doing its work.   

Saundra Rose Maley has published poems in a number of small press magazines, mostly in the Washington, D.C. area, including Full Moon on K Street: Poems about Washington, D.C., Dryad, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and D.C. Perspectives. After decades of assembling manuscripts that were never sent out, her first book of poems, Disappearing Act, will be published by Dryad Press this fall. In 2005, with Anne Wright, Saundra co-edited A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright. She also published Solitary Apprenticeship: James Wright and German Poetry and is currently working again with Anne on a book about Wright and translation, tentatively titled, Where the Treasure Lies. She teaches Composition and Research at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland.



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