North Cambridge Artist Association

Mary Buchinger

imageMary Buchinger is the author of Aerialist (Gold Wake, 2015, shortlisted for the May Swenson Poetry Award, the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry and the Perugia Press Prize) and Roomful of Sparrows, (Finishing Line, 2008).  Her poems have appeared in AGNI, DIAGRAM, Gargoyle, Nimrod, PANK, Salamander, Slice Magazine, The Cortland Review, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere; she was invited to read at the Library of Congress, received the Varoujan and Houghton Awards, multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations, and placed First for the 2016 Charter Oak Award for Best Historical poem. She is Cambridge Poetry Ambassador (2016), co-President of the New England Poetry Club, and Professor of English and Communication Studies at MCPHS University in Boston, Massachusetts; her website is www.MaryBuchinger.com

aerialist book cover


stranger

   I love the forest of you

how dark it is and bewildering



In you   wolves and mushrooms

spiders   moss   trillium  scat



branches to climb and to break

into kindling—the danger of you



is me searching    Storm and sweep

the long-needled pine  bow low

 

to my fireweed   Open into a silver

glade  where a woman can garner

 

the respect of tall  inhabited  grasses

the nods of turning  nomad  leaves



(First appeared in Words to Cure the Tameness, Ed. Sara Biggs Chaney)