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Issue 11: January 2022
Poem: 65 words
By Elizabeth Kerlikowske

February

 
When my grandmother fainted	     at the stove, 
     boiling carrots      flew across      the kitchen. 
          She wasn’t burned. 
                My grandfather’s overcoat      still 
          had snow on it.            They couldn’t stop 
crying. 
               They lay there 
     on the kitchen floor 
              sobbing,     holding each other. 	I 
        was in        the highchair. 
           No one told me        anything.   Later that day 
my heart would turn              into an eye 
         and spend its life           watching. 

 

Elizabeth Kerlikowske’s
Issue 11, January 2022

first full-length book of poetry, Dominant Hand, is available from Mayapple Press, and she is co-author with artist Mary Hatch of Art Speaks: Paintings and Poetry (Kazoo Books, 2018). Other books by Kerlikowske include The Shape of Dad (a memoir in prose poems), Last Hula (winner of the 2013 Standing Rock Chapbook Competition), and Chain of Lakes.

She has been publishing her poetry and fiction for more than 20 years in such journals and magazines as Encore, Cincinnati Review, Passager, and Poemeleon, among others. Her work is also anthologized in Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence (White Pine Press, 2016); The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women (Shade Mountain Press, 2015); two of the annual KYSO Flash anthologies, Accidents of Light (2018) and Earth Hymn (2019); and in the Michigan writers anthology published by Western Michigan University (WMU).

Kerlikowske completed her doctorate in English at WMU in 2007. She also creates visual art and has recently completed the Hester Prynne Chair, first of a series of literary women chairs. Formerly an arts activist, she was president of the Poetry Society of Michigan, and she served for 30 years as president of the Kalamazoo Friends of Poetry. She’s retired from a teaching career at Kellogg Community College.

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

Into the Oak, prose poem by Kerlikowske in MacQ-9 (August 2021)

Featured Artists Mary Hatch and Elizabeth Kerlikowske in KYSO Flash (Issue 9, Spring 2018); includes half a dozen of Kerlikowske’s ekphrastic prose poems and micro-fictions inspired by Hatch’s paintings

Three in Prose by Kerlikowske in DIAGRAM (Issue 5.1): “Forty Winks,” “The Girls’ Room,” and “Midway”

 
 
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