They all know without knowing.
When you drop a line in opaque water
You can’t see the bass who swallows
the bait, who hooks himself.
Above water, scales glint jewel-like:
diamond or zircon or only glass.
Susan Terris’ books include The Ghost of Yesterday: New & Selected Poems, The Homelessness of Self, Contrariwise and Fire is Favorable to the Dreamer. Her work has appeared in many journals, including The Southern Review, The Journal and Ploughshares. A poem of hers from Field appeared in Pushcart Prize XXXI. Susan is the editor of Spillway Magazine and poetry editor of In Posse Review and Pedestal. In recent years she has won both the George Bogin Award and the Louis Hammer Award from the Poetry Society of America..