Brave girl! You faced the worst and wrote.
You did just what you had to do.
You grabbed obsession by the throat
and forced it to say something new
In a new way. Your voice is clean
and clear and fresh. It’s just a start,
but that’s how things become and mean.
So here’s to your intrepid heart:
May it remain as stubborn-strong,
committed to however far
your journey leads, however long.
May you become the thing you are.
You make yourself, again, again,
and then remake what you made new.
Dear seeker, may the time come when
you find and hold and know what’s you.
About Bruce Bennett
Bruce Bennett is the author of ten full-length collections of poetry and more than two dozen poetry chapbooks. His most recent book is Just Another Day in Just Our Town: Poems; New and Selected, 2000-2016 (Orchises Press), which was published in January 2017. His first New And Selected, Navigating the Distances, also from Orchises Press, was chosen by Booklist as “One Of The Top Ten Poetry Books Of 1999.” After receiving his PhD from Harvard in 1967, he taught at Oberlin College from 1967-70, where he co-founded and served as an editor of Field: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. In 1970 he co-founded and served as an editor of the journal Ploughshares. In 1973 he began teaching at Wells College in Aurora, NY. He retired from teaching at Wells in 2014, and is now Professor Emeritus of English. In 2015 he was the recipient of the first annual Writing the Rockies Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Creative Writing.