5 July 2006 | Vol. 6, No. 2

A Young Girl


the width

of her shoulders,


with a clean sponge

from a shallow


of water.

A young woman enters

with the dampness of violets

around her eyes.

About the author:

Rustin Larson's poetry has appeared in the New Yorker, the Iowa Review, North American Review, Poetry East, the Atlanta Review, and other magazines. Crazy Star (Loess Hills Books, 2005) is his latest collection. A five-time Pushcart nominee, and graduate of the Vermont College MFA in Writing, Larson was an Iowa Poet at the Des Moines National Poetry Festival in 2002 and 2004 and has been highlighted on the public radio programs "Live from Prairie Lights" and "Voices from the Prairie." He lives in Fairfield, Iowa.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Rustin Larson at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 6, No. 2, where "A Young Girl" ran on July 5, 2006. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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