Featured Poet: Todd Hearon, Exeter
Todd Hearon's recent work appears in AGNI, Literary Imagination, Poetry, Poetry London, Ploughshares, Salamander and Slate. He is the recipient of a 2007 PEN New England Discovery Award and the 2007 Friends of Literature Prize from Poetry magazine.
Of his showcase poem, Todd writes:
The poem ("Covenant") began with an image, the ring, arising from a compost of memories -- times in Texas involving sheds and diamondback rattlers; involving my wife, too, in the time that we were thinking of starting a family; involving skins and skeins of lost innocence -- or what passed for innocence.
This ring, made from the vertebra and rib
Of the diamondback I found beneath the shed
Coiled upon itself and ages dead
(The rattle hung above the empty crib),
Is all the remnant of its brilliant skins.
Wear it in memory of our innocence
"Covenant was first published in Agni
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