Joyce Sutphen

Joyce Sutphen Poems

1. The Exorcism 8/27/2014
2. Just For The Record 8/27/2014
3. The Farm 8/27/2014
4. The Aunts 8/27/2014
5. A Kind Of Villanelle 8/27/2014
6. Casino 8/27/2014
7. Evening Angelus 8/27/2014
8. The Exam 8/27/2014
9. Next Time 8/28/2014
10. At The Moment 8/27/2014
11. In Black 8/27/2014
12. How To Listen 8/27/2014
13. Sometimes Never 8/27/2014
14. Older, Younger, Both 8/27/2014
15. Ever After 8/27/2014
16. Living In The Body 8/27/2014
17. Naming The Stars 1/13/2003
18. Crossroads 1/20/2003
Best Poem of Joyce Sutphen


The second half of my life will be black
to the white rind of the old and fading moon.
The second half of my life will be water
over the cracked floor of these desert years.
I will land on my feet this time,
knowing at least two languages and who
my friends are. I will dress for the
occasion, and my hair shall be
whatever color I please.
Everyone will go on celebrating the old
birthday, counting the years as usual,
but I will count myself new from this
inception, this imprint of my own desire.

The second half of my life will be swift, ...

Read the full of Crossroads


My mind is shuffling its deck tonight,
slipping one card over another,
letting them all fall together at the corners;
the random hand of memory
is dealing from the bottom of the pack.

First: a bearded man emptying
the dragon kiln, then a woman
whistling, her face turned away

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