Alison Townsend

(Pennsburg, Pennsylvania / United States)

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Alison Townsend (born Pennsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American poet.
She grew up in New York. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Her work has appeared in Calyx, Clackamas Literary Review, Fourth Genre, New Letters, The North American Review, and The Southern Review.
She is married and lives outside Madison, Wisconsin. more »

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Persephone In America

Because the body is a map
and because the map I know best
is the one of this country, I pluck her
from the pages of the book of myth
and paste her down here,
on a page in my journal,
in the middle of my life,
in the middle of the country,
wind from the end of the century
whistling around our face and ears.

I make her walk beside a wagon to get here.
I pick her up, like Midge or Barbie,
and say, Listen, I know you're a goddess.
But those white robes won't cut it.
I dress her the way I dressed myself
in high school so that I can ...

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