Read this week's winning poem, "Breadcrumbs," by LouAnn Shepard Muhm, selected by e.g. bailey. Also: we're in the middle of a new competition round for What Light. You have till February 16 to submit your poems for consideration.
By This Week's Poem
February 4, 2008

Photo of LouAnn Shepard Muhm by Steven R. Peterson


Everywhere I go
I leave a trail:
notes scribbled on a napkin in a bar,
an arrangement of leaves in the road.

I want you to be looking.
I want to be found.

You never come.

I blame the birds.


While I admire long and complex poems, I most often use tightly-compressed, single images in my own work. I strive for what I call “deceptive simplicity:" a clear image, clearly stated, but with other layers of meaning that eventually come to the surface. When my writing process is working best, I end up somewhere surprising.


LouAnn Shepard Muhm is a poet and teacher from Park Rapids, Minnesota. Her poems have appeared in Dust & Fire, The Talking Stick, North Coast Review, Alba, Red River Review, Eclectica, Poems Niederngasse, Creekwalker and CALYX, and she is a recipient of the 2006 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in Poetry. Her chapbook, Dear Immovable, was published in 2006 by Pudding House Press, and her full-length poetry collection Breaking the Glass is forthcoming in February 2008 from Loonfeather Press.

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