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I do my best
to keep pointlessness
at bay. But here,
wet above my
knees, I let it fly.
Here, hot and cold,
fingers thick with
thinking, I try to
tie the fly and look
for the net, loosening
the philosophical   
knot of why I came
here today, not yet
knowing whether
I’ll free or fry
the rainbows
and browns once
they’re mine.

Source: Poetry (July/August 2008)

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  • Journalist, essayist, and newspaper editor, Kathryn Starbuck started writing poems in her 60s. She is the author of Griefmania (Sheep Meadow Press, 2006) and Sex Perhaps (Sheep Meadow Press, 2014). Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, Sewanee Review, and Best American Poetry 2008.
    Though she was a practiced prose writer, it was the experience of grief that led her to writing poetry. After the deaths of her husband, the poet George Starbuck, her parents, and others close to her, she found that her “scribbling” in notebooks was taking the form of poetry. Starbuck identifies her subjects in Griefmania as Greek history and “my interior life.” Joel Brouwer has commented on the “real rawness to the emotion and the energy” in Starbuck’s work.
    Starbuck is the editor, with Elizabeth Meese, of George Starbuck’s poetry collections Visible Ink (2002) and The Works: Poems Selected from Five Decades (2003). She has edited the Milford, New Hampshire, weekly...

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