Today's poem is "Morning Poem"
from Nostalgia for the Criminal Past

Elixir Press

Kathleen Winter was born in McAllen, Texas. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The New Republic, Field, The Cincinnati Review and other journals. Her awards include fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Virginia G. Piper Center, and the Prague Summer Program. She is a graduate of the University of Texas, Austin; Boston College; the University of California, Davis, School of Law; and Arizona State University. Winter lives with her husband in Sonoma County, California, and teaches writing at the University of San Francisco.

Other poems by Kathleen Winter in Verse Daily:
July 19, 2009:   "Eve, Seducing the Apple" "You extraordinary apple, Consciousness..."

Books by Kathleen Winter:

Other poems on the web by Kathleen Winter:
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About Nostalgia for the Criminal Past:

"Kathleen Winter's first collection of poems is formally brilliant, life-hurtling, and volunteers language with a quick edge that advances ideas almost with abandon. This is the kind of work William Hazlitt would have reserved the word 'gusto' for—it is all a great pleasure."
—Norman Dubie

"By turns witty, gutsy, and passionate, Kathleen Winter's Nostalgia for the Criminal Past pulls the reader into a capacious verbal terrain. 'Penumbra's a conundrum, / conundrum is penumbra. / An umbrella's humdrum,' one poem playfully opens. There is in these poems a subtle, delicate narrative of loss, grief, and survival, but as a poet trained in the law, Winter knows that any truth, like joy, is rare and precious. 'Joy is brief. / It turns away, extends its limbs, / feathered, reptilian,' one speaker opines. These poems are the nimble, profound products of experience alchemized into wisdom. Nostalgia for the Criminal Past is a dazzling debut."
—Cynthia Hogue

"Nostalgia for the Criminal Past is Kathleen Winter's complicated, insightful, intriguing, sometimes sad and always artful song."
—Deborah Bogen

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