Susan Mitchell

(1944 / New York)

Susan Mitchell
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Susan Mitchell (born in 1944) is an American poet, essayist and translator who wrote the poetry collections Rapture and Erotikon.


Mitchell grew up in New York City, New York and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She has a B.A. in English literature from Wellesley College, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and was a PhD student at Columbia University. She has taught at Middlebury College and Northeastern Illinois University, and currently holds the Mary Blossom Lee Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University.

She has published poems in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The American ... more »

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caught on the wing the wing is a
disarray of sun spots

the air black dots on sheer on trans-
parency on wheel and whee
openness so

surprising it rivals invincibility what
is magic to do pull itself
out of a hat

saw itself in two what a to-do
grabs hold of my finger
extended will

not to be shaken free together we are one
stem one spire one shoot upshot
bent at a right

angle to itself so this is what it feels
to be reed a stem with wings
for leaves a

finger that can see how the wind blows what
whir ...

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