Joyce Sutphen Poems
- Crossroads The second half of my life will be black to the ...
- Naming The Stars This present tragedy will eventually turn ...
- Living In The Body Body is something you need in order to ...
- Ever After What am I to you now that you are no longer ...
- How To Listen Tilt your head slightly to one side and ...
- In Black The image that haunts me is not beautiful. I do not...
- Older, Younger, Both I feel older, younger, both at once. ...
Joyce Sutphen (born 1949) is an American poet, currently serving as Minnesota's Poet Laureate. She is the state's second laureate, appointed by Governor Mark Dayton in August, 2011. Sutphen also serves as a professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.
Sutphen was raised in Saint Joseph, Minnesota and currently resides in the city of Chaska. She holds ... more »
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The second half of my life will be black
to the white rind of the old and fading moon.
The second half of my life will be water
over the cracked floor of these desert years.
I will land on my feet this time,
knowing at least two languages and who
my friends are. I will dress for the
occasion, and my hair shall be
whatever color I please.
Everyone will go on celebrating the old
birthday, counting the years as usual,
but I will count myself new from this
inception, this imprint of my own desire.
The second half of my life will be swift, ...