Today's poem is "Goldfinch"
from Otherwise Unseeable

University of Wisconsin Press

Betsy Sholl is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Late Psalm and Don’t Explain, 1997 winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. A former poet laureate of Maine, Sholl teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the MFA Program of Vermont College. She lives in Portland, Maine.

Other poems by Betsy Sholl in Verse Daily:
March 31, 2014:   "Orison" "Let me give back to God..."
May 29, 2008:   "A Song in There" "To stave off trouble, the old bluesmen are singing..."
November 29, 2007:   "In Cana" "The Lebanese spelled it with a q, without the u...."
April 24, 2007:   "Lament"
January 16, 2007:   "Bass Line" " He needs a bigger body, bull fiddle..."
July 18, 2005:   "A Little Traveling Music" "Like its first three notes, rising to beg..."
February 18, 2005:  "Angel of Dissent" "The young man's story was set on a cliff..."
December 14, 2004:  "The Tortoise" "An apartment collapse in Turkey, the rise..."
January 16, 2004:  "Two Poems" "Wharves with their warehouses sagging..."
April 17, 2003:  "Here" "Wharves with their warehouses sagging..."

Books by Betsy Sholl:

Other poems on the web by Betsy Sholl:
"Poco a Poco"
"Still Life with Light Bulb"
"Lullaby in Blue"
"Back with the Quakers"
Two poems
"Endless Argument"
Five poems
"Last Boat"
Eight poems

Betsy Sholl's Website.

Betsy Sholl According to Wikipedia.

About Otherwise Unseeable:

"For a good four decades now, Betsy Sholl has been producing a poetry of stern self-reflection, risky lyrical fluency, and a deeply empathetic social consciousness. With Otherwise Unseeable, she gives us her finest collection thus far, a book which has refined itself into something I can only call wisdom—sometimes rueful, sometimes fierce. This is work in which, as one poem memorably puts it, we must ‘unlatch our wounds and love our ruins.’"
—David Wojahn

"Otherwise Unseeable is faithful, as is all [Sholl’s] work, to the contradictions we live with from day to day. These deeply earned, masterful poems take in the full range of human nature, looking unflinchingly at human evil and human suffering, while also acknowledging the ground-note of joy that waits to be heard in our daily lives. Sholl’s poems can be elegiac and mournful; they can riff and fly on the force and spirit of their own language as they chart a path between despair and hope, making seeable what is ‘otherwise unseeable,’ as they give us glimpses of a ‘kingdom’ which is always here and always to come."
—Robert Cording

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