Traci Brimhall

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Traci Brimhall is a poet and professor in the United States. she teaches creative writing at Kansas State University.

Brimhall graduated from Florida State University with a BA, and Sarah Lawrence College with an MFA, and Western Michigan University.

Brimhall authored Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012) and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010). Our Lady of... more »

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Prelude to a Revolution

We go to prison windows and pass cigarettes, tangerines
and iodine through the bars. Anything we think

could heal a man. Assassins kiss our fingers.
Mercenaries sing us songs about unbroken light

as we mend their shirts. The bilingual murderers recite
lamentations in one tongue, and in another, young myths.

We fold and unfold our shawls, and the men squint
into the sunlight, dumb with hope. Some days they confuse

the walls of their cage with their skin. Some days,
the sky. They see their deaths in the sweat darkening

our dresses. To sweeten the...

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