Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 17 • Spring 2006 • Featured Writer • Poetry


Maureen Seaton

The fledgling was concerned with space and leap, biology and myth.
Flesh and mist, obelisk and hysteria.
The way the lovers looked up endeared them.
(The way they looked before they both became aether.)
They brought a blanket to the glass which stretched from floor to ceiling.
They looked up and impossibly up at the vanishing points, the angels gathering.
The Tower of the Winds, the Four Directions, the Room of the Meridian.
They were an inch from falling. (Their bellies and their floating breasts.)
Their loveliness scared them and they'd risen inside themselves,
The roofling picked that day to ransack the city. The fronds of the towers rustled.
The sun shone on the lovers and crept along their bodies in perfect disks.
Time itself had been perfect for nearly three thousand years.

Maureen Seaton

Maureen Seaton's latest collection is Venus Examines Her Breast (Carnegie Mellon University Press), winner of the Publishing Triangle's Audre Lorde Award. She is also the author of Little Ice Age; Furious Cooking, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize and a Lambda Literary Award; Fear of Subways, winner of the Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize; and The Sea Among the Cupboards, winner of the Capricorn Award and the Society of Midland Authors Award. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, New Republic, Bloom, and many other journals both on- and off-line. The recipient of an NEA fellowship and two Pushcart prizes, she is Director of Creative Writing at the University of Miami.

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