Hayden's Ferry Review


Good News for Recent Contributors!

Josie Sigler is the winner of the 2010 Motherwell Prize. Josie will receive $1,000, and her book, Living Must Bury, will be published in the spring of 2010 by Fence Books. Josie's poem, "The Grief of Animals Whose Grief is Misunderstood" appeared in HFR #41.

Molly Brodak has just received the Iowa Poetry Prize. Her collection, A Little Middle of the Night, will be released in the spring of 2010. Molly's poems, "Young Ox" and "Roman Girls," appeared in HFR #42.

Congratulations to Josie and Molly! Check out one of Molly's poems:

Young Ox

I saw the soft mathematics of his guts:
not fierce, not terribly
darker or larger. But old—

stirred up from the ghost ocean
over Kansas, and edging in
as imperceptibly

as the spur of his longing—still, my body
barely a color on the hem of his vision.

I haunt myself with a voice I made for him.
the danger started with your burning blue dress,
crook of elbow—

I’m holding open for your stony eyes,
the horn too near, weird muzzle. All love
is a secret. Ever ordinary as bare life.

The quickest way out of a man’s heart is with my hands.
If he could, he’d say put them back

put it back on