27 March 2009 | Vol. 9, No. 1

Love Letter with Tsunami Diorama

Dear Petite Violence: After she left, I found the Collins glass of table wine on the windowsill. It counterweighed the nightbird's absence. After she left the second time, I lit a candle in our churchyard and played undertaker, thinking I could take her under me. I pressed my ear to the shell of her absence. There was an ocean where her voice had been.

About the author:

Fritz Ward's poems have appeared in more than fifty journals, including American Arts and Commentary, AGNI, Blackbird, Salt Hill, No Tell Motel, and DIAGRAM. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he served as a poetry editor for the Greensboro Review. He currently lives in Philadelphia and works at Swarthmore College.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Fritz Ward at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 9, No. 1, where "Love Letter with Tsunami Diorama" ran on March 27, 2009. List other work with these same labels: poetry, prose poem.

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