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

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Kate Hanson Foster

Vessel

“Still Life with Crow” by Felix Nussbaum

Mothering, like surrender,

is something you do very well—

like the way oar tongue and water

understand each other. You’ve locked

your wrists to young bodies and the weight

of to-do lists. Hasty needs finger you

like branches brushing against a bird.

Downstairs there is a hurt only you can fix

belly-weeping its way up—a fist knocking

on the watching wall you hide behind.

Move aside the stock threads of that empty dress—

the strands of streets you will never travel.     

Go, you say. Go back into the water.

 

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. Kate Hanson Foster is the O:JA&L Featured Writer for May 2019.

Image: Still Life with Crow” by Felix Nussbaum. Watercolor on paper. 55 x 37 cm. 1936. Public domain.