Talvikki Ansel is an American poet.
She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1985, and Indiana University. Her poems have appeared in the anthologies New Young American Poets (Southern Illinois University, 2000) and The Pushcart Prize XXVI, and in magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, The Journal, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and Shenandoah.
She teaches at the University of Rhode Island. more »
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Talvikki Ansel Poems
Tree of the musky pods split open, of almond-shaped leaflets, taut skin, the Cooper's Hawk picking off a fat pigeon in the bank parking lot,
White putty under finger nails, milky on fingerprints and the back of your t-shirt, pushed between mullion and glass
Don't Tell Me
it's iron, the bottle crouched on its white pedestal, long beak spout and wide open handle
Or Stay Again
The wasp's gray sphere, papered layers I held imagining the wings' heat
Smoothed ribbon, night light, once there were wool dogs isolated on an island off the sand spit. My dovekie, my twisted strand of kelp
Olive green of pond water, tea- colored is the newt's body. Legs stroking, it floats close to the surface, lazily circles
Impossible to catalogue them all because half are gone the numbers of beans, speckled and mottled,
Summer's over, and we never even drank at the Ocean House, that yellow elegance they'll tear down this year.
The Bird Cards
A vesper sparrow sings against a melon and lavender striped sky, on another card,
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(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)
(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616)
(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
Edgar Allan Poe
(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849)
(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967)
(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892)
(31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821)
Tree of the musky pods split open,
of almond-shaped leaflets, taut skin,
the Cooper's Hawk picking off a fat pigeon
in the bank parking lot,
tree of bread, tree of milk crates
out back of the restaurant,
tree of the bakery, of the academy of dance
of the skeleton in the chiropractor's office,
tree of sugar, tree of protein.
Tree of the don't come near, reserve,
it is better so. Tree of the gesture
on a deserted beach, tree of the unforgettable,
of the tiled roof and teapot in the pantry window,
tree of the private ...