Prayer for a Haunting

by Carolyn Oliver

O grant me a barnacle spirit —


Carolyn Oliver is the author of Inside the Storm I Want to Touch the Tremble (University of Utah Press, 2022), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry. Her poems appear in The Massachusetts Review, Copper Nickel, Cincinnati Review, Smartish Pace, Shenandoah, Beloit Poetry Journal, 32 Poems, Southern Indiana Review, Cherry Tree, Plume, DIALOGIST, and elsewhere. Carolyn lives in Massachusetts with her family. Online:

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