November 2009

Carol Levin


Carol Levin's chapbook, Sea Lions Sing Scat, was published in 2007 by Finishing Line Press. Her chapbook, Red Rooms and Others, is pending from Pecan Grove Press. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the The Massachusetts Review, Rock Salt Plum Review, Seattle Woman magazine, Third Coast, The Seattle Review, The Comstock Review, and The Cortland Review. Her poems have been performed as a choral work in Seattle where she teaches the Alexander Technique.

The Light's Still On in Her Window    

Some concoction of Repunsel
as Emily Dickinson lets
to climb



The Jury's Locked in for Four Weeks    

For a good cause in a free
country my life
has been snatched
by a Plaintiff
endlessly listing
reasons he was wronged
and the Defendant in a whiny voice
asserting he is right.
The ritualized ceremony twists
evidence around our eight
swivel chairs. I'm a cog
responsible for balancing
and questioning.
I get to make a choice
a right I respect
but my thoughts sneak out
past the guard
at the courthouse door
and fly to my real
life where decisions
are going on without me.



Carol Levin: Poetry
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