Today's poem is "Once Not, Now Broken"
from Where Good Swimmers Drown

Concrete Wolf

Susan Elbe is the author of Eden in the Rearview Mirror (Word Press) and a chapbook, Light Made from Nothing (Parallel Press).

Other poems by Susan Elbe in Verse Daily:
April 12, 2008:   "Scheherazade" "Another night washes up at my feet..."
February 5, 2006:   "Perseveration" " All the road rage, rolling blackouts..."

Books by Susan Elbe:

Other poems on the web by Susan Elbe:
Two poems
Two poems
Five poems
Four poems
"Will Come Back"
Two poems
Two poems

Susan Elbe's Website.

Susan Elbe on Twitter.

About Where Good Swimmers Drown:

"As I read Susan Elbe's poems, I was smitten by them. They are written as if life and death are the most important and breathtakingly beautiful things on earth. Her poems are masterful and develop daring wisdom: '...as you pick up speed, let your life arc out, / away from you ....' While you are immersed in these poems, remember to come up for air. You will inhale a freshness you haven't tasted in a long time."
—Anita K. Boyle

"From the start of Where Good Swimmers Drown, Susan Elbe makes it clear she is at home 'where the hard edge is,' the lived-in world that breaks us open and keeps up yearning, even as the body ages, the heart fills with 'lake-bitten wind.' From the land of small towns, undertakers, 'burnt-out stars' and 'chrome-dented light,' Elbe makes a generous poetry that is both elegy and ode to the treasured and forgotten."
—Dorianne Laux

"The poem in Where Good Swimmers Drown are love poems. But love poems that defy the divisions between emotion and intellect, private and public, life and art, writer and reader. To read Elbe's poems is to discover not only what it means to be in love, but what it means to be alive."
—Jesse Lee Kercheval

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