Featured Poet: Susanne Dubroff, Hanover
Susanne's poems and translations of poems have been published widely in the U.S. for some time: Hampden-Sydney Review, Harvard Review, Poetry Magazine, Paris Review, etc.--and in French translation in France and Belgium. In 1981 she published A Flower on a Volcano, Ten Translations of Gustavo Adolpho Bécquer, in 1994, You and I, 2004, Poems of Susanne Dubroff. This Smoke That Carried Us: Selected Translations (bilingual) of Poems of René Char and 2008 The One Remaining Star, Poems by Susanne Dubroff. She was a practicing professional social worker for many years and since then has taught classes in appreciation of various poets. She has always given poetry readings and enjoys doing that.
"I happened to write this poem immediately after attending a large country auction and feeling rather anxious and preoccupied with the friend who brought me and with whom I had a problematic relationship. When I saw the framed photograph of the young bride set down among a display of other items, I believe the poem came to me because of the combination of the effect of the poignant photograph and my own complex emotions."
You would not think
that among all these
and the worn down
possessions, placid, valueless,
wedding pictures would be auctioned off,
bid on for their frames.
But the face of the bespectacled,
terrified nineteen-twenties bride
might have been the face that foresaw
they would come,
rainsoaked, and stay all night
till she was sold.
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