Rebecca Foust’s fifth book, "Paradise Drive," won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry and was reviewed in the Georgia Review, Hudson Review, Huffington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Review of Books, and elsewhere. Recognitions include the 2015 American Literary Review Award for Fiction, the 2015 James Hearst Poetry Prize, the 2014 Constance Rook Creative Nonfiction Award, and fellowships from the Frost Place, MacDowell Colony, Sewanee Writer’s Conference, and West Chester Poetry Conference. “Paradise Drive” can be ordered at www.press53.com. For more information visit rebeccafoust.com.
“Fig” is a wonderful lyric to a fruit that, at least in Amy Glynn’s treatment, becomes the epitome of extreme satisfaction, the perfect poem after many of us have just enjoyed our annual Thanksgiving feasts.
When I first read today’s poem I made an assumption other readers might also make, that the speaker is writing about her own life. In fact, we cannot tell even the speaker’s gender from anything in this poem.
Cross stitch was one of the few stitches I ever mastered. With this poem, I could feel the needle’s cool steel, the satisfying give when it pokes through the fabric’s surface, the wonder of color, shape, and meaning blooming in my hands.