Today's poem is "Come Back"
from The Tulip-Flame

Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Chloe Honum was born in Santa Monica, California, and was raised in Auckland, New Zealand. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas. She is a recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review.

Books by Chloe Honum:

Other poems on the web by Chloe Honum:
Two poems
Three poems
"January in West Texas"
Three poems
"Ballerina, Released"
"Assembling Faith"

Chloe Honum's Website.

About The Tulip-Flame:

"Chloe Honum’s brilliant first book The Tulip-Flame traces an identity forming within radically divergent but interlocking systems: a family traumatized by the mother’s suicide, a failed relationship, the practice of ballet, a garden—each strict, exacting. And with 'a crow’s sky-knowing mind,' Honum in every case transfigures emotion by way of elegant language and formal restraint. Chloe Honum is 'one astounding flame' of a poet, and I predict a long-lasting one."
—Claudia Emerson

"These poems have the smell of both the embalmed corpse and of lavender, lilacs, and lilies. There is a sad 'worm-lust' in them as they perform their memorable ballet. A fine first book."
—Henri Cole

"I am so very taken by the exquisite power and grace in every single one of these poems, so arresting in their honesty and in their unflinching ability to scour the world for image after indelible image."
—Tracy K. Smith

"Chloe Honum's first book is stark and haunting and hard to put down. I read it in one straight blaze like a novel, then found myself living in its glimmers for weeks."
—Christian Wiman

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