Cate Marvin

(1969 / Washington, D.C.,)

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Cate Marvin is an American poet.
She graduated rom Marlboro College, University of Houston, University of Iowa, and University of Cincinnati with a Ph.D. She teaches at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York and in spring 2010 will be teaching at Columbia University.
Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Fence, The New England Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, The Cincinnati Review, Slate, Verse, Boston Review, Ninth Letter, and TriQuarterly. more »

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After the Last Fright

I carved upon my desk unsayables.
He drank until he vomited on himself.
Eavesdropping, the others resisted sleep.
The house knew the pain of sun on lacquered floorboards.

I carved it with the tips of scissors.
A door creaked; he hung his head into the room.
Please, the others cannot sleep.
The shingles twitched like skin beneath moonlight.

I spent the afternoon at a movie theater.
He staggered through brush toward a pay phone.
The others continued searching the streets for him.
The house held the moon above it, it was that imperial.

I recall the ...

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