Poetry Shelf Monday Poem: Holly Painter’s ‘Cryptic Crossword XXXXI’

 

Cryptic Crossword XXXXI

 

Clues:

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.

 

Answers:

Hoarfrost lullaby

Cellophane crinkle and snap

Winter’s jagged fur

 

©Holly Painter

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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