Katharine Coles

Katharine Coles wrote her fifth poetry collection, The Earth Is Not Flat (Red Hen Press, 2013), under the auspices of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. Ten poems from the book, translated into German by Klaus Martens, appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Matrix, and her work is currently being translated into Spanish and Italian. Her sixth book, Flight, is due out from Red Hen in 2016. A professor at the University of Utah, Coles has served as Utah poet laureate (2006–2012) and as the inaugural director of the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute (2009–2010).

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The New Day

Enters in the heroic mode, feathered And helmeted, muscle-bound   For glory, smelling of scorch. Raise That sword a little higher   If you can lift it and buckle your straps Tight. Insert fanfare. Nobody still   Gets to ride the train all afternoon Dozing. Scotch that clickety-clack, the sudden   Dark plunge. In the […]

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