Spring 2017

Edited by Barry Kitterman | Andrea Spofford | Amy Wright


​No Occasion

​Mary Ann Samyn

In the book, a girl and her doll wait their turn.

In line, I look around. Who else’s heart is broken?

Weather helps: a true companion.

It’s the wind’s story the tree tells, or is it?

Am I not heard or just keeping quiet?

Each doll dress was perfect down to the details.

Past and future don’t matter but I think of them.

Longing is the oldest thing about me.



Mary Ann Samyn is the author of four previous full-length collections of poems: Captivity Narrative, Inside the Yellow Dress, Purr, and Beauty Breaks In. Her awards include a Pushcart Prize, the Emily Dickinson Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and the James Wright Poetry Award from Mid-American Review. She is the Bolton Professor for Teaching and Mentoring at West Virginia University, where she teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

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