Today's poem is "The Past"
from Human Interest

White Violet Press

Kim Bridgford is the director of Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference. As editor of Mezzo Cammin, she was the founder of The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, which was launched at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and has held events at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and at Fordham-Lincoln Center. The author of eight books of poetry, including Epiphanies and Doll, she is the recipient of fellowships from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ucross Foundation. Her collaborative three-volume work with visual artist Jo Yarrington on Iceland, Venezuela, and Bhutan, The Falling Edge, is forthcoming. Bridgford has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Connecticut Post, on NPR, and in various headline news outlets. She wrote the introduction to Russell Goings’ The Children of Children Keep Coming: An Epic Griot Song, and joined Goings in ringing the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange, the week before the first Obama inauguration. Bridgford has been called "America’s First Lady of Form."

Other poems by Kim Bridgford in Verse Daily:
November 29, 2014:   "Inflatable Doll as Driving Companion" "No backseat driver, this one's in the front..."
December 8, 2012:   "Before Jumping Off the Bridge" "I loved to play the violin, to hear..."
September 10, 2011:   "The Elephant in the Room" "Choose another way to conduct yourself...."
August 21, 2007:   "The Chicken That Lived the Longest without a Head" " The first few days produced the most surprise..."
May 21, 2003:  "Little Red Riding Hood Grows Up" "Sometimes she feels the wolves behind her eyes..."
May 18, 2003:  "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" "How can he tell them that he sees wolf-shapes..."

Books by Kim Bridgford:

Other poems on the web by Kim Bridgford:
"For the Female Suicides"
Seven poems
Five poems
"Tipping Point, 94 Hamsters"
"The Carpenter"
Eleven poems
"To Kill a Mockingbird"
Two poems
"Tightrope Walker"
"The Tree of Life"
Four poems

Kim Bridgford According to Wikipedia.

About Human Interest:

"Kim Bridgford’s latest collection offers both her customary technical pleasures and a new, half-astonished rage. Filled with kidnapped girls and off-kilter animals (“it is all about what’s rearranged”), bookended by revisions of Facebook and clichés, Human Interest demands that we re-think poetic forms as more than heritage, challenge, or trap: they are Bridgford’s own strong bones stood up hard against a seriously skewed world."
—Terri Witek

"All the pleasures you expect from a new book by Kim Bridgford are here: a spirited sense of the world’s absurdity; formal mastery so complete it’s almost casual; heart. What Human Interest adds to the canon is a sense of crisis. Tune in for priceless satires like “The Love Song of the Middle-Aged Academic”—“till administrators wake us, and we drown”—but linger over “Unfriend,” “Settling,” and many other humane meditations on our inhumanity to each other. “Now shatter it,” Bridgford finally urges, because this collection, for all its wit and brio, crescendos in a moving call to change."
—Lesley Wheeler

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