Poetry of Love, Resistance, & Solidarity


The aquarium waterfalls bubble

in perpetual green algae springtime.

I open How To Read Water

about adhesions, water striders,

redirected honey eddies.


Mosaic backsplash tiles

refract pointillist shadows.

Behind a glass water pitcher swim

garbled blue fins

twisting starfish arms.


I salute the great-grandmothers

pumping water into sinks,

all those baskets of apples to wash.

It’s autumn again in Norwood

twenty miles away and a century.


An old frame house watches

the pond’s ripples turning pink.

Its eyes are window panes,

antique glass wavering at sunset

until darkness burns liquid flames.

~ Denise Low

Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09, is winner of the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Choice Award for Shadow Light. Other books are a memoir, The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival (U. of Nebraska Press) and A Casino Bestiary: Poems (Spartan Press). Jackalope, fiction, was acclaimed by Pennyless (U.K.), American Book Review, and New Letters. She has won 3 Ks. Notable Book Awards and recognition from PSA, Roberts Foundation, Lichtor Award, NEH, and more. Low has an MFA (Wichita State U.) and Ph.D. (Ks.U.). She teaches for Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies. www.deniselow.net

Comments on: "Strata — By Denise Low" (2)

  1. Lindsey Martin-Bowen said:

    Beautiful poem, Denise.

    I especially love its rhythms. Bravo!

    Best always,

    Dr. Lindsey Martin-Bowen, J.D.

    Poet, Fiction Writer

    College Writing/Literature Teacher, and

    Criminal Procedure (Blue Mountain Community College)




  2. “Pumping water into sinks.” That was my grandmother.

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