A Woman in the Sun

By Danniel Schoonebeek Danniel Schoonebeek
The shed        behind the barn behind the red cottage I wait

for her in the fescue grass the rye        I hear it grow over me

Wait for my friends in the distance        on fire their full heads

of rust (I love how the clothing drips off them        I hear myself say)

If the beekeeper doesn’t        come chasing behind with a hatchet

I’ll wait behind Cobb’s barn        watching the distant houses

She will come down this road        my shadow is paving for her

a stalk of honey        and the rye grass grows from her arms

(She was raised in these hills        looking down on Elk Creek)

and behind her the bluegrass        it’s reaching to touch her ankle

Source: Poetry (January 2014).


This poem originally appeared in the January 2014 issue of Poetry magazine

January 2014
 Danniel  Schoonebeek


Danniel Schoonebeek’s first book of poems, American Barricade (YesYes Books, 2014), was named one of the year’s ten standout debuts by Poets & Writers and was called “a groundbreaking first book that stands to influence its author’s generation” by Boston Review. Maggie Nelson called American Barricade “the debut of a fierce talent and vision” and C.D. Wright wrote that the book is “explosively and assiduously crafted.” His . . .

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