Lisa Olstein

(Boston, Massachusetts)

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Lisa Olstein is an American poet. She grew up near Boston, Massachusetts, received a BA from Barnard College and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Her first book of poems, Radio Crackling, Radio Gone (2006) Copper Canyon Press won the Hayden Carruth Award. Her second collection, Lost Alphabet (Copper Canyon Press, 2009) was named one of the best ... more »

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Dear One Absent This Long While

It has been so wet stones glaze in moss;
everything blooms coldly.

I expect you. I thought one night it was you
at the base of the drive, you at the foot of the stairs,

you in a shiver of light, but each time
leaves in wind revealed themselves,

the retreating shadow of a fox, daybreak.
We expect you, cat and I, bluebirds and I, the stove.

In May we dreamed of wreaths burning on bonfires
over which young men and women leapt.

June efforts quietly.
I've planted vegetables along each garden wall

so even if spring continues to ...

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