Alison Townsend Poems
- Persephone At The Mall Sleepwalking. That's what you ...
- Blue Willow: Persephone Fallin... You think it will never ...
- Jane Morris Poses For Rossetti...
- Persephone Remembers: The Bed It happens in the dark. If it ...
- Persephone In America Because the body is a map and because ...
- Demeter Faces Facts No matter what you do, she's a girl ...
- 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 At The Mall
That's what you think
when you see the girl walking
alone at West Towne Mall; she's
sleepwalking, trying on the allure
of the body like the platform sandals
and mini-skirts you wore at her age
that have suddenly come back; she's
sleepwalking, her body a new
continent she is exploring,
her breasts taut under the black
burnt-out velvet shirt,
her legs endless columns of light
spilling from short-shorts
purchased at the Gap; she's
with the spell
of the body, how it drifts
on the surface
of the bustling ...