Amanda Auchter is the founding editor of Pebble Lake Review and the author of The Glass Crib (winner of the Zone 3 Press First Book Award for Poetry, judged by Rigoberto González). Her writing has appeared in American Poetry Review, Best New Poets, Indiana Review, The Iowa Review, Pleiades, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. She holds an M.F.A from Bennington College and teaches creative writing and literature at Lone Star College. Auchter will read from The Glass Crib at an awards ceremony on September 15 in Gentry Auditorium on the Austin Peay State University campus in Clarksville. The reading begins at 4 p.m.
(speaking in tongues)
If in my failure to begin each prayer with O
Father, let me still wake to ignore the beauty
of lampposts, but fall in love with the artiﬁcial
eye. If inside of me you ﬁnd there are no vaulted
ceilings, no bright stained glass, but thimbles,
buttons, a ﬂask, let the illuminate still ﬁnd me
as I thread and mend. If in these past years
of hazards, wildﬁres, high winds, my panicked
heart, I have lost track of you, then let me
listen for the heat ﬂicker of your voice,
a sign, the echo of apparition, the difﬁcult
matter of ﬂesh rising from thin air. God,
if you’ve lost your way of speaking, have slid
inside my folded palms and slept,
let me speak for this silence, this room cured
of darkness. Let me speak of belief,
its small sounds in the distance, its ear,
its tongue, the quiet murmur of ﬂood and ﬁeld.
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