Alison Townsend Poems
- Persephone In America Because the body is a map and because ...
- Persephone At The Mall Sleepwalking. That's what you ...
- Jane Morris Poses For Rossetti...
- Persephone Remembers: The Bed It happens in the dark. If it ...
- Demeter Faces Facts No matter what you do, she's a girl ...
- Blue Willow: Persephone Fallin... You think it will never ...
- Radio Love Poem The radio makes me nervous. But there was a ...
Alison Townsend (born Pennsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American poet.
She grew up in New York. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Her work has appeared in Calyx, Clackamas Literary Review, Fourth Genre, New Letters, The North American Review, and The Southern Review.
She is married and lives outside Madison, Wisconsin. more »
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Persephone In America
Because the body is a map
and because the map I know best
is the one of this country, I pluck her
from the pages of the book of myth
and paste her down here,
on a page in my journal,
in the middle of my life,
in the middle of the country,
wind from the end of the century
whistling around our face and ears.
I make her walk beside a wagon to get here.
I pick her up, like Midge or Barbie,
and say, Listen, I know you're a goddess.
But those white robes won't cut it.
I dress her the way I dressed myself
in high school so that I can ...