Today's poem is "Stone Work"
from Once, Then

Red Hen Press

Andrea Scarpino received an MFA in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in numerous journals, including The Cincinnati Review, Connecticut Review, Los Angeles Review, PANK, and Prairie Schooner. Her first full length collection is Once, Then (Red Hen Press, 2014). She is the author of the chapbook The Grove Behind (Finishing Line Press, 2009), is a faculty member with Union Institute and University's Cohort Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies, and is a weekly contributor for the blog Planet of the Blind. She lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Other poems by Andrea Scarpino in Verse Daily:
July 22, 2007:   "Afire" " As in a girl's scalp, pulled tight in braids...."

Books by Andrea Scarpino:

Other poems on the web by Andrea Scarpino:
"In the beginning"
Three poems
"Ice Above, Water All Around"

Andrea Scarpino's Website.

About Once, Then:

"Poetry never brings back those we’ve lost, but the best poems of mourning forge dignity in a newly emptied world. The craft, restraint, and lyric insistence of Andrea Scarpino’s poems give Once, Then an Orphic intensity. This book is gorgeous, and necessary."
—Don Bogen

"In these Orphic songs of grief, Andrea Scarpino honors those whose deaths break empathy wide open in us. Two very personal losses embark Scarpino on a lyrical underworld journey, where she traverses the atrocities we know as Hiroshima, Auschwitz, the Manson murders and others, in order to create her own ‘etymology of goodbye.’ With Once, Then, Andrea Scarpino balances private and public, the human and the mythic scale, thereby restoring our classical notion of the elegiac poem."
—Kathy Fagan

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