Jacqueline Berger’s latest book, The Gift That Arrives Broken, won the 2010 Autumn House Poetry Prize. Selected poems from the book were featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writers Almanac. Her poetry has been published in numerous anthologies and journals, including The Iowa Review, American Poetry: The Next Generation, On The Verge, Old Dominion Review, Rhino, River Styx, and Nimrod. She is the director of the Master of Arts in English program at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. She lives in San Francisco.
excerpt from the poem
In the year you died,
someone came looking.
Came to the door, came in a dream.
Came tapping, her white stick
fanning the blind ground before her,
hem of a hoop skirt skimming the lawn,
her hand reading the braille of blades.
Nothing to be alarmed by—
neither the field, nor the ruined,
not the station with its cover of silence,
but maybe the lake, the ship
floating over the sleeves, the water still burning.