Spring 2013, Volume 14

Poetry by Laurie Sewall

Entering the Light

Maybe tonight, the day’s work done and the cat asleep,
you lie down and shed your humanness, easily
without effort slide into wakefulness and
know the approach of the Other.
And what are you then?
Nothing that you can
name and all

the better for
you see what it is
you are becoming. The door
that is no door dissolves. You
vanish and reappear to yourself in
exactly the same spot. Only you can tell this:
thin column of breath, the body reconstructed. Faint
taste of cinnamon in the arc of your smooth, oval mouth.





BIO: I am a graduate of Northwestern and have an MFA in poetry from New England College and an MA in counseling psychology from Lesley University. After living in New England for many years, I now reside in rural Iowa, where I write and teach poetry. My poetry was selected as a finalist in the Atlanta Review 2011 International Poetry Contest. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Folio, Hawaii Pacific Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Pinch, Poet Lore, Salamander, and Soundings East, among other publications.