A sea of fallen needles,
the front steps unswept.
Locksmith kneeling at the front door is
changing the pins.
Here, words evaporate
as they are spoken,
and the children lose
new keys as carelessly as they lost the old.
Susan Terris' new
book FIRE IS FAVORABLE TO THE DREAMER will be published in 2002
by Cedar Hill Publications. Other recent books of poetry are: CURVED
SPACE (La Jolla Poets Press, 1998), EYE OF THE HOLOCAUST (Arctos
Press, 1999) and ANGELS OF BATAAN (Pudding House Publications, 1999).
Recent fiction: NELL'S QUILT (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Her
journal publications include *The Antioch Review, The Midwest Quarterly,
Ploughshares, Missouri Review, Rattapallax, Literal Latte*, and
*Southern California Anthology*. With CB Follett, she is co-editor
of a new journal, *RUNES, A Review Of Poetry*. Check out her website: