Lisa Rosenberg


Bird of folded surfaces, of flowers and stripes
that run across and underneath your wings,
your crimped beak, and all the facets of your back
whose shape I can’t name. Whose flat beginnings
ride the turnings and swipes of fingertips
in a patch of daylight on a wooden floor,
while clothes are sorted and the coffee warmed.
Your tail becomes the wand we lift you by,
and in our child’s quiet play, you fly.

0-8Poet and recovering engineer LISA ROSENBERG holds degrees in physics and creative writing, and worked for many years in the space program. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she served as the 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California. Her debut collection, A Different Physics, received the Red Mountain Poetry Prize. Lisa was recently named a MOSAIC Fellow, and awarded a 2020 Djerassi Residency for scientists and artists.

Author’s note: “In this time of sheltering-in-place, we might take notice of some of the less obvious forms of comfort. Simple acts of making things with our hands, imagining, and animating the ordinary can bring us into wonder, and build resilience.”

Other works
Rethinking Art as Shelter

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