Selected from more than 800 entrants, Montanan Tami Haaland's debut book includes gritty, uplifting, and humorous poems.
We stand at the washing machine picking
straw from our son's new sweater
after he has tripped in a pumpkin patch
and run through amaranth with his
second grade friends. Our fingers
ease slivers from the fibers, back
then front, stomach, shoulders,
arms, after a morning of angry
glares, an afternoon of looking
away then opening to talk about
weather and people we know.
Our fingers examine this fabric for
odd texture, the barbs buried deep.
Tami Haaland teaches English at Montana State University-Billings. She received an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars in January 2000.
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PB $12.95, 1-885266-97-9 CUSA