I’m hoping to make excellent poetry a regular feature here at the new Looking Closer. I can’t promise it will be a weekly event, but I’ll accept submissions and show them to a jury of poets I know and trust. Those that get a “thumbs up” from them will be lined up for publication here.
And I am thrilled to begin with a poem by Abigail Carroll. I heard her read this poem at a writer’s retreat at the Gove Hill Retreat Center in Vermont a couple of weeks ago. I am grateful that she’s given me permission to publish it here. As I have been writing about “play” in various articles and reviews lately, this one seemed timely and inspiring.
Enjoy Abigail Carroll at play…
I encourage you to read it aloud.
Abigail Carroll has published prose in the New York Times, Winterthur Portfolio, and The Journal of Food, Culture and Society and is currently authoring a popular history of the American meal for Basic Books. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Midwest Quarterly, River Oak Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Dappled Things, Grey Sparrow Journal, Numinous, Clapboard House, The Innisfree Poetry Journal, and Flourish. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University and lives in Vermont. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.