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A Woman in the Sun

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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)

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  • 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 second book is a travelogue called C’est la guerre (2015) and his third book, Trébuchet, was selected by Kevin Prufer for the 2015 National Poetry Series.

    Schoonebeek’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry magazine, Tin House, Iowa Review, Fence, BOMB, the Brooklyn Rail, jubilat, Guernica, and elsewhere. He has received awards and honors from the Millay Colony for the Arts, Poets House, the Ace Hotel, and Oregon State University. Schoonebeek hosts the Hatchet Job reading series in Brooklyn and has served as editor of...

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