Kathleen Kraft

"Sleeplessness is like metaphysics. Be there."
                                            -Charles Simic

I’m there, nearly every night.

I’m the girl holding the flower

as tall as her, half the petals fallen.

The kitchen dark hums, the glowing digits

increase. A distant television talks, pauses,

talks, pauses. No gypsies, or crippled men

playing cozy songs, no child sobbing...

but wait now—a baby is crying,

so close, it’s almost mine.

Kathleen Kraft received her MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Anderbo, Gargoyle, The Madison Review, Pirene's Fountain, Foundling Review and other journals. She was one of 50 finalists in fiction and poetry chosen for the 2011 Summer Literary Seminars Fellowship to study in Vilnius, Lithuania with Edward Hirsch and Rebecca Seiferle. She lives in Jersey City, NJ, where she teaches writing and creative movement.

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