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"Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard." Anne Sexton 

Heather Brager is a critically acclaimed juggler of calamity, an accomplished procrastinator, and shuffler of idioms. Her poetry and drawings can be found in various digital and print journals around the globe, and on the web.  She currently resides in New England and prefers the precipice of where the Atlantic meets the sand to the official looking office where she spends most of her time. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

mount vesuvius.

the crumpled blueprint knows this curse
it is written on the soles of my feet 
and on upturned palms

I am intimate with these
hexes in the air, and the
breathless hesitation gripping
my throat, but
these bones will not allow a retreat

there is darkness 
downhill with the headlights off, and
I am climbing from the ashes

© 6.9.2014 heather brager