By Mary Ruefle b. 1952 Mary Ruefle
The mountain skies were clear
except for the umlaut of a cloud
over the village.
The little girl wore yellow gloves.
She looked in the peephole and saw
a stack of unused marionettes.
Yet, she wondered.

Mary Ruefle, “Bavaria” from Cold Pluto. Copyright © 1996 by Mary Ruefle. Reprinted by permission of Carnegie Mellon University Press.

Source: Cold Pluto (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1996)

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Poet Mary Ruefle b. 1952

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Stars, Planets, Heavens

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Though poet and essayist Mary Ruefle was born outside Pittsburgh, she spent her youth moving around the United States and Europe with her military family.

She has written numerous books of poetry, including Indeed I Was Pleased with the World (2007) and The Adamant (1989), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. A Little White Shadow (2006), her book of erasures—found texts in which all but a few words have been erased from the . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Stars, Planets, Heavens

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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