Linda McCarriston

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  • Susan Clark (12/20/2004 7:31:00 PM)

    I have been fortunate enough to have studied under Ms. McCarrison. I find her poetry exceptional. Linda's ability to get to the truths of life, no matter how painful, is truly admirable. Sometimes her poems hurt, but are too good in their construct to pass up. The poems, pre Eva Mary had a sad beauty about them, but also refelected some joyous times. It is my hope that we will have some of those poems again. Sometimes it is too painful to look at the dark side and sunlight becomes all the more beautiful.

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Best Poem of Linda McCarriston

La Coursier De Jeanne D'Arc

You know that they burned her horse
before her. Though it is not recorded,
you know that they burned her Percheron
first, before her eyes, because you

know that story, so old that story,
the routine story, carried to its
extreme, of the cruelty that can make
of what a woman hears a silence,

that can make of what a woman sees
a lie. She had no son for them to burn,
for them to take from her in the world
not of her making and put to its pyre,

so they layered a greater one in front of
where she was staked to her own--
as you have ...

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