Elizabeth Simson


Elizabeth Simson
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Elizabeth Simson has been in love with poetry since her mother first read her 'The Highwayman' as a child. Her poems have appeared in over two dozen literary journals and anthologies, including Atlanta Review, Kalliope, Comstock Review, Gertrude, and Earth's Daughters. Elizabeth’s first chapbook, 'Sea Change, ' was recently published by Finishing Line Press.

A 1996 graduate of Willamette University, Elizabeth received the National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Scholar's Award. She is a member of OSPA, WPA and the International Women's Writing Guild (IWWG) . Elizabeth serves as the quarterly newsletter editor for the Oregon State Poetry Association.

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Finding Szymborska

Szymborska. For days your name
was just a slip of paper in my pocket,
written by a bookstore clerk in Gdań sk
who took pity on my poor pronunciation.

I carried you like a talisman throughout Poland,
but wherever I found your words
I was unable to read them.

In Kraków I gave up, sat beside the great river
and watched the young people lying together,
the old men arguing, dogs running in the sun.

After weeks of traveling alone,
something hard in me had finally begun to open,
a tight fist in my chest let go and
breathing came easier than...

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