Featured Writer: Poet Kate Hanson Foster’s “911”

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Kate Hanson Foster


“The Scarecrow” by Joaquim Vayreda


There is no room for God

on the gurney, as I am placed

into the back of the ambulance.

No God in common madness—

a waste of time and resources,

as the driver calmly radios

“anxiety” and slowly rolls

me away. No God in the salt

of my night sweats or the current

of cancers snaking through

the wall. The fear of my children

dead in their beds, collapsing

into terrible, inevitable endings.

No God when I want to jump

from the bedroom window to feel

a break I can identify—a pain

that might scoop me away

from my emergency—who

wouldn’t scream 911? God doesn’t

know a thing about mothers.


About the writer:
Kate Hanson Foster‘s first book of poems, Mid Drift, was published by Loom Press and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Center for the Book Award in 2011. Her work has appeared in Birmingham Poetry Review, Comstock Review, Harpur Palate, Poet Lore, Salamander, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. Foster was recently awarded the NEA Parent Fellowship through the Vermont Studio Center.

Image: The Scarecrow” by Joaquim Vayreda i Vila (1843-1894). Oil on canvas. 34.84 x 59.64 inches. Between circa 1883 and circa 1885. Public domain.