Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Paulette Swartzfager: Poem For Cloudburst

delta elegy

in warm night
when deep horizon
meets black water
boiling waters
diving into gulf

into marsh
polishing bayous like Sunday shoes
finding catfish diving into silt
or swamp reed

into cane
over cottonmouth,
deep as mother midnight tears
before morning

 --- Paulette Swartzfager

Paulette Swartzfager is a poet, freelance journalist, and activist originally from New Orleans, who moved to Rochester NY after Katrina. She is currently a lecturer in the University Writing Program a RIT. 

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