Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Busse’

Body/Scape: Two Studies

March 11, 2011 3 comments

by Sarah Busse

Why I Should Be a Landscape Quilter

Because I am not a painter, but a good fabric store is a second home.
Because this is sewing with glue sticks and markers, and after ten years, I have some experience.
Because these scenes look so real, you can hear snow melt.
Because I already work with patches and scraps.
Because stitch is one of my favorite words.
Because tree bark is endlessly varied, and worth a lifetime of study.
Because skies are not always blue, and water almost never is.
Because often the wrong side of the material is the right choice, and the background makes all the difference.
Because I am not good at getting corners to match up.
Because I woke up with a headache again, from drinking too much or maybe too little, I no longer can tell.
Because there are no faces, no eyes in these quilts, the only figure hunched, distant, walking away and his shoulders are lovely.
Because landscape is the study of shadow.

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Good Morning, Green Bay

Freshwater waterscape sloshed
with tumulted gull-screech,
this morning your body lies
breathlessly unfamiliar
in its streets and lampposts.
I have to walk a little farther,
faster, as love stands witness
to how we dilapidate.
Can you bear it? Can you
give me directions?

My sisters laugh, terrified
at how I change, crack
open, change and crack again.
A faulty pot, misfired.
No, no, I say. This
is what human looks like, this
closed-off Northern face,
lost and falling, sky-colored
sidewalks, the angular
scrawk of a lone goose, yawn
of traffic over the drawbridge.

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Sarah Busse (website) is a co-editor of Verse Wisconsin. She’s the author of Quiver (Red Dragonfly Press, 2009) and Given These Magics (Finishing Line Press, 2010). A third chapbook, Gauguin in California, is forthcoming from Desperado Press. She has been featured at Verse Daily and Your Daily Poem.

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Predicament: Memorial Day

December 13, 2010 Comments off

by Sarah Busse

the song should be
slow    moody    lyrical

Robert Schuler

It should be, but
so often it’s not. Or
maybe the pounding
is right, but the rest?
It’s a diddle-dee tune, it’s Lassus
Trombone, it’s Sousa, fer cryin out,
with bright brass and those comical
goldfinches, all the leaves
shouting and waving
on a summerday, sprinklers and pop-
sickles, plastic flags flapping
No No No we say, my uncle’s
laid up, my bills are unpaid,
the gulf is dying and the cat’s
marking the family room.
Dee Dee Dee sings the piccolo.
Inexorable, it carries us, the flare
of those marching hats, the boots,
the polyester pants.

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Sarah Busse co-edits the poetry magazine Verse Wisconsin, and is the author of two chapbooks: Quiver and Given These Magics. You can find her at, or hanging out with a bunch of cool poets at

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Girls on the Slide

February 5, 2010 1 comment

by Sarah Busse

“I’m on fertility drugs,” she says.
The sun along the ground like knives. “We still want
a second child and now

I’m on fertility drugs and angry all the time.
I dream of burning houses, smashing—” she keeps her eyes
on the line of trees—”people.”

This is where coyotes live. Knowing that,
we’ve brought our daughters out in boots, fleece, mittens,
to splash in snow, puddles

of slush and thaw. They lob a nerf. We stand the wind
as the girls tumble the hill, get up giggling. Grit in the eyes,
the sun starts down.

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Sarah Busse is the co-editor (with qarrtisluni contributor Wendy Vardaman) of the poetry magazine Verse Wisconsin. Her chapbook, Quiver, is available from Red Dragonfly Press, and chapbooks are forthcoming from Finishing Line Press and Desperado Press. She lives with her husband and two children in Madison, Wisconsin. You can find her online with a bunch of other cool poets at

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