Dana Wildsmith’s memoir, Back to Abnormal: Surviving with an Old Farm in the New South (MotesBooks), won Finalist for 2010 Georgia Author of the Year and has been selected to be incorporated into the eighth-grade language arts curriculum statewide. She is also the author of four collections of poetry including, One Good Hand (Iris Press, 2005), which was a SIBA Poetry Book of the Year nominee. Dana's creative nonfiction, "So Hot Your Boot Soles Melt," appeared in Issue 2 of Still: The Journal.



The Poet Speaks to the Novelist About Hard Times

One poem ago, words sought me out
like virgin of the month;
I let them use me as they wished
and how I wished they’d use me more,
but once they’d had their way with me
they stayed away, they never
called, they never wrote a word.
Now I ache for words used up 
before I knew I needed them;
now that I’ve lost what I hadn’t sought,
I wait, and hope to be looked for.




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