Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

(1968 / United States)

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet
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Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet (born January 31, 1968) is an award-winning American poet. Stonestreet's second book, The Greenhouse, was awarded the 2014 Frost Place Chapbook Prize and published by Bull City Press in August 2014. Her first book, Tulips, Water, Ash, was chosen by Jean Valentine to receive the 2009 Morse Poetry Prize, and it was published by Northeastern University Press.
Stonestreet is a graduate of Yale University, and she received an MFA in Creative Writing from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College where she received the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship[2] in Creative Writing. Her poems have been anthologized in Best New Poets 2005 and Best New Poets 2006 (Samovar ... more »

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Spelling Test

Outside rained over the tetherballs,
but here I held the world. The joy
of getting it down, down right,
the sharp purple scent of page
under pen—I scratched away
in love with the word.

Number six: squirrel.
Squirrel. It rode the curves,
rolled round the vowel. Again: squirrel.
Twisted open in the repetition—
past a small thing quivering. Whiskers,
acorns in a picture book. Pulled into
a turning whorl of sound.

Squirrel. The heady scent of what we call
what we call—by then no more word
than sound, no more sound than itself. ...

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