Lois Marie Harrod
Sometimes within the dawn, a little dark is heard
as if a bird beyond the blind were still
singing his nocturne, something practiced like a scale
or ladder leading up and down and down the oak
a root for the tree where he must be sitting
though we cannot see him for all his song.
Lois Marie Harrod's most recent collection Nightmares of the Minor Poet appeared in June from Five Oaks. Her chapbook And She Took the Heart appeared in January 2016, and her 13th and 14th poetry collections, Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Contest (Poems & Plays), and Brief Term, a collection of poems about teachers and teaching was published by Black Buzzard Press, 2011. Cosmogony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook (Iowa State). She is widely published in literary journals and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. She teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey. Links to her online work at www.loismarieharrod.org.