Best Laid

By Maureen N. McLane Maureen N. McLane
it’s clear
the wind
won’t let up
and a swim’s out —
what you planned
is scotched.
forget the calls,
errands at the mall —
yr resolve’s
as a clitoris.
how miraculous
the gratuitous —
on a sea
of necessity
let’s float
& call
that free

Source: Poetry (September 2013).


This poem originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

September 2013
 Maureen  N. McLane


Maureen N. McLane grew up in upstate New York and was educated at Harvard, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. She is the author of World Enough (2010), and Same Life: poems (2008); and This Blue (2014); as well as the poetry chapbook, This Carrying Life (2006). She has also published two books of literary criticism, Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry (2008) and Romanticism and the Human . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Life Choices, Social Commentaries, Class

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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