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Born in 1967 and raised in New York City; Rebecca Wolff earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 1993, and in 1997 founded the literary journal Fence.

She is the author of The King (W.W. Norton, 2009); Figment (W.W. Norton, 2004); and Manderley (2001), which was selected by Robert Pinsky for the 2000 National Poetry Series.

She lives in Athens, New York, with her husband and two children. She currently teaches classes for the New York State Writers Institute in Poetry and Creative Writing.


I'd like a 


sensation of him

leaving the room.
Come back soon.

It occurred to me
fait accompli.

Phantom limb.

Black cat sleeping
(you used to be

next to me)
next to me

dreams our lost 

Copyright © 2012 by Rebecca Wolff. Used with permission of the author.

Copyright © 2012 by Rebecca Wolff. Used with permission of the author.

Rebecca Wolff

Rebecca Wolff

The founder of the literary journal Fence, Rebecca Wolff's collection Manderley was selected for the 2000 National Poetry Series.

by this poet

Half a day is dead already--
a lady with a baby in the shady graveyard
promenade not quite the idea
but the first idea to be impressed
so firmly--Grace to be born

in the
bisected quadrangle
stones propped insensible
but all in relation
to the babe.

Babe what suckles
babe what grows comfortable with thieves in

because you’re psychic
no one else could understand me
the way you

do and

I say
Drink Me

I say it to you silently
but it calls forth in me

the water for you
the water you asked for


There is a curiosity that knows
I know

deathless ceiling of unknowing
I know


Who I ask
is changing

all the time

now changed.

How else is one to know

How is one to know how to proceed