Psaltery & Lyre


Susan O’Dell Underwood

2020 Best of the Net Nominees

Congratulations to all of our Best of the Net 2020 nominees!

God as Urinary Tract Infection

In the night what else can you wonder / wide awake besides what a wonder, this pain?

God as Uterus

Livid reminder of who’s in charge here. / Even the heart might seem subsidiary, going on / and on in its peripheral / metronome

2019 Orison Anthology Nominees

Congratulations to all of our nominees!


Dare the wish you dare to wish on morning’s last star: / That every creature be mated and warm, / every couple coupled and quickened


There is nothing to be done / but kneel down, like this, and bear witness.


It’s only late in life you understand / sacrifice: the bees died trying / to save the blooming world.

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