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The Deep End

The Deep End

Nobody in the family swam.
We were to swimming as Abraham
Was to a hog roast or lobster boil;
We took to the water like water to oil—
By sinking instantly. One of my aunts
Missed marching to Pomp and Circumstance

With the rest of her class at Bayside High
Because she’d insisted on staying dry,
Telling the dour and muscular gym
Instructor that she preferred not to swim.
The story was family legend. Impressed,
I heard how she’d chosen a different test,

 

Michael Bradburn-Ruster

Michael Bradburn-Ruster has published poetry, fiction, translations, and scholarly works in international journals including Cincinnati Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Sacred Web, Eastown Fiction, Damazine (Syria), and Antigonish Review. Forthcoming publications include Grey Sparrow Journal and Drunken Boat. He has been a featured reader at the Monterey Bay Poetry Festival. He earned a doctorate from UC Berkeley, and has taught literature, philosophy, comparative religions and mythology in California, Oregon, and Arizona.

 

Sarah Giragosian

Sarah Giragosian is a PhD student in Poetics at SUNY-Albany. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Measure, Linebreak, and Copper Nickel, among others.

 

 

Anna M. Evans

Anna M. Evans’ poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Harvard Review, Atlanta Review, Rattle, American Arts Q uarterly, and 32 Poems. She gained her MFA from Bennington College, and is the Editor of the Raintown Review. Recipient of a 2011 Fellowship from the MacDowell Artists’ Colony, she currently teaches at West Windsor Art Center and Richard Stockton College of NJ. Her chapbooks Swimming and Selected Sonnets are available from Maverick Duck Press.

 

 

Richard Wakefield

Richard Wakefield teaches writing and American Literature at Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington-Tacoma.  For over twenty-five years he has been a contributing literary critic for the Seattle Times.  His collection of poetry, East of Early Winters, received the 2006 Richard Wilbur Award, and his poem “Petrarch” won the 2010 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award.  His poetry, criticism, and fiction have appeared in Sewanee Review, American Literature, The Midwest Quarterly, Atlanta

 

Alyce Miller

Alyce Miller’s most recent book is Water, winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize for Fiction. Other awards include the Flannery O’Connor Award, Kenyon Review Award, Lawrence Prize, and numerous honorable mentions and distinguished citations in Best American Stories/Essays, O. Henry Prize anthology, and Pushcart Prize anthologies.

 

 

Stephen Collington

Stephen Collington studied English and East Asian studies at the University of Toronto and comparative literature and culture at the University of Tokyo. He has published essays in two previous issues of Able Muse (volumes 7 and 10), and in recent years he has served as a moderator for Able Muse’s online poetry workshop Eratosphere. Samples of his poetry and other writing may be found online through the good offices of such publications as 14 by 14, Soundzine and The Flea.

 

Philip Morre

Philip Morre lives and works in Venice, Italy. He has recently published After Fra Angelico e altre poesie (La Spina, Galliera Veneta, 2009: pamphlet, parallel text English/Italian), and Here’s to the Home Country (Rack Press, Wales, 2010: pamphlet).

 

 

Emily Leithauser

Emily Leithauser is a graduate of Boston University’s M.F.A. program. Her poems have recently appeared in Measure and Unsplendid, and a Baudelaire translation of hers was published in Literary Imagination. While in Boston, she worked as an editorial assistant to the poetry editor at The Atlantic. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is a Ph.D. student in English at Emory University. She studies late 19th and early 20th century poetry.

 

 

Joanna Pearson

Joanna Pearson’s poetry has appeared recently in Best New Poets 2010, Blackbird, The New Criterion, River Styx, Tar River Poetry, and elsewhere.  She recently completed both her MD and her M.F.A. at the Johns Hopkins University, and is now in the midst of her residency training as a physician at Johns Hopkins.  She lives in Baltimore with her husband, Matthew.

 

 

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