Today's poem is "Back Porch, 1862"
from The Belle Mar

Pleiades Press

Katie Bickham earned her MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine and currently teaches creative writing at Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana. In addition to winning the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize from Pleiades Press and the Jeffrey E. Smith Editor's Prize from The Missouri Review, her work has appeared in Pleiades, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Deep South Magazine, and elsewhere. Katie lives in Shreveport, Louisiana with her husband and son in a very old house.

Books by Katie Bickham:

Other poems on the web by Katie Bickham:
"Widow’s Walk, 1917"
"Hymn Below Sea-Level"
Four poems

Katie Bickham's Website.

About The Belle Mar:

"What is The Belle Mar? It is a southern house that has stood from slavery times to now, as generations of white and black people have passed through it. Katie Bickham has created time—time passing through the voices of slave owners and their families, black and theirs, children, soldiers, old men, pregnant women, human cruelty and compassion and justice and courage remaining the same while the world changes. She has also drawn thumbnail portraits of some of the most memorable individual characters you'll ever meet. Some of these poems may rip your heart out, others may cause it to expand. This is an extraordinary book."
—–Alicia Ostricker

"I've always believed that poems are essentially spirit houses that carry an essence of time, place, and the sacred occupants of that time and place. These poems of Katie Bickham prove it. They make a beautiful path through a few generations of history. I am reminded of the song lines of the Australian indigenous people. We get from there to here, by heart. This is essentially a book of remembering what should never be forgotten. Bravo Katie Bickham."
—Joy Harjo

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