Betsy Sholl

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Elizabeth "Betsy" Sholl is an American poet and a former poet laureate of Maine. She was appointed by Governor John Baldacci to the position in 2006 and held it until 2011. She is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently, "Otherwise Unseeable (University of Wisconsin Press, March,2014), the winner of the Four Lakes Prize in Poetry ...
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Lullaby In Blue
The child takes her first journey
through the inner blue world of her mother's body,
blue veins, blue eyes, frail petal lids.
Fog dense as a bed sheet hung at the window,
and through that white blindness come
the eerie cries of cows moaning in the field
Bass Line
He needs a bigger body, bull fiddle
to make that thump, that deeper pulse, he needs
Wharves with their warehouses sagging
on wooden slats, windows steamed up
and beaded with rain—it's a wonder
Sex Ed
Well-dressed, demure, jammed into those
politely arranged desks, it's hard to be
serious, but we are. No one even parts lips
to acknowledge what used to drive us crazy


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