December 2006

Patricia O'Hara


Tony Barnstone
  "A Manifesto on the Contemporary Sonnet: A Personal Aesthetics"
Tony Barnstone considers the sonnet from its formal beginnings to its evolution into the twenty-first century, including some generative techniques for sonnets of your own

Tony Barnstone

Willis Barnstone
Lorna Knowles Blake
Kim Bridgford
Billy Collins
Leisha Douglas
Barry Ergang
Ross A. Gay
Soheila Ghaussy This marks an author's first online publication
Miranda Girard This marks an author's first online publication
Myrna Goodman This marks an author's first online publication
Susan Gubernat
Heidi Hart
Jay Leeming This marks an author's first online publication
Anne Marie Macari

Patricia O'Hara
John Poch
Michael Salcman
Patricia Smith
A.E. Stallings

Gerald Stern
Joyce Sutphen
Jeet Thayil
Meredith Trede This marks an author's first online publication


Patricia O'Hara's writings have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southwest Review, Harpur Palate, ducts.org, Alehouse 2007, Brevity, The Bellevue Literary Review, and The Sycamore Review. A Professor of English at Franklin & Marshall College, she is the author of scholarly essays on Victorian literature and culture. Currently, she is working on a memoir.

Fall Back    Click to hear in real audio

It's not my idea of a fair
exchange: the gift of an hour
for dark afternoons; riotous air
flocked with geese and deciduous showers
for stalks shorn, stubbed in fields
plowed down; late-yield tomatoes, sun shot,
for tight-fisted sprouts chilled
ripe by frost. All spells loss, all but
       Indian Summer.      
at home on the clock-turning night
(through the window an errant, hazed moon),
angling the blade of this buttering knife,          
I coax seeds—small found compensations—
from the flesh of a cleft pomegranate.



Patricia O'Hara: Poetry
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