Today's poem is "Lucky"
from In the Permanent Collection

University of North Texas Press

Stefanie Wortman was born in Kansas City. She earned an MA from Boston University and a PhD from the University of Missouri. Her poems and essays have appeared in the Yale Review, Antioch Review, Boston Review, Southwest Review, and other publications. She currently lives in Rhode Island.

Other poems by Stefanie Wortman in Verse Daily:
August 27, 2012:   "The Gallow Ball (1950)" "Smartass conservator, I sense..."

Books by Stefanie Wortman:

Other poems on the web by Stefanie Wortman:
Five poems
Three poems
"Star Chart"
Two poems

Stefanie Wortman on Twitter.

About In the Permanent Collection:

"These poems seem haunted by a mostly nameless melancholia. In the Permanent Collection, however, turns its grim geography of prisons, mortuaries, and tawdry suburbs into something close to classical elegy. 'In sunken rooms,' Wortman writes, 'on scratchy rugs, maybe we’ve never known happiness.' It’s that 'maybe'—the smart hedge—that renders her poems complex, often beguiling, but never without a gesture of redemption. This should be part of any serious poet’s permanent collection."
—Chad Davidson

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