Cryptic Crossword XXXXI
For a short agony, icy needles
strain. Hush, I say, accepting bold
crystalline pollen, each intricate
crown, impress, hollowed lace, or ruffle,
every second darned together with
cold spell, a photograph
of the white season, when crisp noises –
broken jars left ragged – slice
down with unending savagery.
Cellophane crinkle and snap
Winter’s jagged fur
Holly Painter is the author of the poetry collection Excerpts from a Natural History (Titus Books, 2015). Her work has appeared in Sport, Landfall, the New Zealand Listener, JAAM, Arena, Barrelhouse, the Cream City Review, and others. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Canterbury and lives with her wife and son in Vermont, where she teaches writing and literature at the University of Vermont. Holly is currently working on a non-fiction book on obsolete jobs and a poetry collection based on cryptic crosswords. Find out at Holly’s website.
My review of Excerpts from a Natural History