Today's poem is "Free Will"
from This Sharpening

Tupelo Press

Ellen Doré Watson is Director of the Poetry Center at Smith College. She is the author of Ladder Music (Alice James Books, 2001), as well as Broken Railings (Green Lake Chapbook Prize, Owl Creek Press, 1996). She is also the translator of eleven books from Brazilian Portuguese, including The Alphabet in the Park: Selected Poems of Adéélia Prado (Wesleyan University Press, 1990), and serves as Poetry Editor of The Massachusetts Review. Watson's poems have appeared widely in journals, including The American Poetry Review and The New Yorker. Among her awards and honors are the Bullis-Kizer Prize from Poetry Northwest, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, and a 1990 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant. Library Journal named her one of "24 Poets for the 21st Century."

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