Psaltery & Lyre


Susan O’Dell Underwood

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

2020 Orison Anthology Nominees

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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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