Excerpt from Island by Katherine Soniat


This poem appears in our upcoming Autumn/Winter 2021 issue. Subscribe today to receive the entire issue once available.

My son cares for his own first home,
hammering. Raking and watering.  Like some

sort of father, I think sleepily looking out at the gulf.
These sounds of domesticity bring back my husband

the first year we were married. The word father fractures, and
the one who arrives in dream is mine: He leans, face so close

his smile and eyes whimsical as if we’d shared the same secret
for decades. Something almost laughable holds us a kiss-length

apart . .  . this man who stumbled feet-first out of war
then surrounded himself with water.

—for R.W.T.

KATHERINE SONIAT’S eighth collection of poems—Polishing the Glass Storm—will be published by LSU Press in fall 2022. Her ninth collection, Starfish Washup, is forthcoming from  Etruscan Press in Spring, 2023. Bright Stranger was published in 2016 by that same press. The Goodbye Animals was awarded the 2014 Turtle Island Chapbook Award. A Shared Life won the Iowa Poetry Prize and The Swing Girl (LSU Press) was selected as Best Collection of 2011 by the North Carolina Poetry Council. Poems have appeared in the Denver Quarterly, Women’s Review of Books, Iowa Review, Poetry, Superstition Review, and The Nation, among others.

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