Elizabeth Holmes is the author of two books of poetry, The Patience of the Cloud Photographer (1997) and The Playhouse Near Dark (2007), both published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, Southern Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Gettysburg Review, and many other journals.
She is also the author of two novels for young readers, Pretty Is (2007) and Tracktown Summer (2009), both from Dutton Children's Books. A graduate of Davidson College and Cornell University, she works as a writer and researcher in Ithaca, New York. more »
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Traditionally, the same actor plays Captain Hook
and Mr. Darling.
-- The Picture Book of Peter Pan (c. 1930)
Something's familiar about that villain
striding the deck of the Jolly Roger, chest
puffed out under the fancy jabot --
a bit like, yes, like Father huffing around
before an evening out, proper shirtfront
outthrust by an important bay window.
Particular about his cuff links as a pirate
about lace at his wrists. Same air of dashing
yet dastardly middle age. A penchant
for issuing orders and threats, and tying