Monday, December 19, 2016

American Ready Cut System Houses by Heather Derr-Smith

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December 19, 2016

American Ready Cut System Houses

Heather Derr-Smith

About This Poem


"One morning, in a strange city for a conference, I went out for a walk to get coffee and a man followed me and threatened to kill me. Back at the hotel, shaken and trying to catch my breath, I saw a stranger who I had met the night before who had been very kind and I went to sit beside him, drawn to some kind of shelter. We developed a friendship and correspondence, which led to many of the poems in Thrust about how we encounter others authentically, how we long to know one another and be known, and how we find the courage to remain open in spite of the danger and risk."
—Heather Derr-Smith


Heather Derr-Smith is the author of Tongue Screw (Spark Wheel Press, 2016). Her fourth collection, Thrust, was the winner of the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award from Persea Books and will be published in 2017. She lives in Iowa.


Photo credit: Jen McClung

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