A Woman Possessed

her face blasted like a medieval weeper
Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca

She remembered the charge.
A day like any other fall.
Her red shirt taunted dark shapes
in the street. The loud report
when that half-smile,
turned loose to goad the gusty animal,
stepped out to meet what waited.
She wanted to cast her body on the horns
of that forgetful season.
Black sounds hurtled from the chute.
The crowd looked on.

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“Return of the Blue Nun” Awarded 2021 Pushcart Prize

May 24, 2020 [News]

Madeline DeFrees’ poem, “Return of the Blue Nun,” has been awarded a 202l Pushcart Prize. “Return of the Blue Nun” appears in Where the Horse Takes Wing: The Uncollected Poems of Madeline DeFrees.


Where the Horse Takes Wing cover
Madeline DeFrees

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