Monday, October 25, 2010

Taking a Trip ~ Christine Hamm

Taking a Trip
Merida, Mexico, 1992

two burning monuments, the air boiled
honeysuckle, I watch you climb

the steepest steps from the lawn,
making pictures of skulls carved

into walls, clouds of monarch butterflies
reach for our lunch, I make

you wear a red straw hat; I worry
about your burned skin; sometimes

you smile and I say what’s so funny;
I count your pills in the bathroom

while you thrash in your dreams,
the air boiled honeysuckle

Christine Hamm is a PhD candidate in English Literature, specializing in 20th century poetics. She won the MiPoesias First Annual Chapbook Competition with her manuscript, Children Having Trouble with Meat. Her poetry has been published in The Adirondack Review, Pebble Lake Review, Women's Studies Quarterly, Lodestar Quarterly, Poetry Midwest, Rattle, and many others. She has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, and she teaches English at CUNY. She has performed all over the country, and was one of the featured poets in the Poetic Voices Festival of Hartnell College. The Transparent Dinner, her book of poems, was published by Mayapple Press in 2006 and her second book, Saints & Cannibals, came out in March 2010. Christine is the editor of the anthology, Like a Fat Gold Watch: creative/critical works inspired by Sylvia Plath, and was a runner-up to the Poet Laureate of Queens.

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