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Barbara Crooker has new poems forthcoming in Calyx, The Valparaiso Poetry Review, South Carolina Review, Tar River Review, and The Hollins Critic. Her poems have been previously published in The Green Mountains Review, The Denver Quarterly, Natural Bridge, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry International, The Bedford Introduction to Literature, and Garrison Keiller’s Good Poems for Hard Times. Plus her work has been read eighteen times on his Writer’s Almanac. She’s had writing fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and her books are Radiance, winner of the Word Press First Book Award (2005) and finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize; Line Dance (Word Press, 2008), winner of the 2009 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence; and More (C&R Press, 2010).

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painting by Edward Hopper

The acid tones of the walls.
The thick silence between them.
The man in shirtsleeves reads
the paper. The woman
in red-orange turns to the piano,
her face retreating in shadow.
The shut door. The clock’s
regimental ticking. Each
occupies an edge of the table;
the polished center, no man’s land.
She places a trigger finger
on one of the ivory keys.

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