The Poetry Well is a monthly column that showcases island poetry. This month includes a poem by Linera Lucas, who has won the Crucible Fiction Prize and has had poetry and short stories published in many anthologies, magazines, journals and elsewhere. This summer, she will teach a poetry class for the Reed Alumni College Writers Workshop.
The library is closed for a staff event
I go to the library as a drunk to the bar
my mother used to say
and at the time I thought wit
but now I know better
for as a singular child
I drowned myself in print
and ever since
through happier times and worse.