Dear Morning after the Moon Kept Me Awake,
by Susan Laughter Meyers

Last night’s monocle
split to pieces by the loblolly limbs,

wind at the window secretive
as an owl

at woods edge,

an ear tuned to the groundlings
on guard in the switchgrass.

Your promise, sweet daydream:
drowsy inexactitude

a few degrees up
from chill, a rapt vigil,
sleep no longer fretworthy,

a shadow half shadow that shadow—

you, darling daybreak, accountable
for eyeshot greening & winged.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 15, Issue 1.

Susan Laughter Meyers is the 2012 winner of the Cider Press Review Editor’s Prize for her poetry manuscript My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass, to be released in fall 2013. She is the author of Keep and Give Away (University of South Carolina Press, 2006), selected by Terrance Hayes for the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize, sponsored by the SC Poetry Initiative. Keep and Give Away also won the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Book Award for Poetry and the Brockman-Campbell Book Award. Her chapbook Lessons in Leaving received the 1998 Persephone Press Book Award, judged by Brendan Galvin. Her poetry has also been published in numerous journals, including The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, and jubilat, as well as the online sites Poetry Daily and Verse Daily.

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