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Beth Bachmann

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Beth Bachmann was born in Philadelphia and holds degrees from Concordia University and Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Do Not Rise (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Day di Castagnola Award, and Temper (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), which won the AWP Donald Hall Poetry Prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She teaches creative writing at Vanderbilt University.

by this poet

Some things are damned to erupt like wildfire,

windblown, like wild lupine, like wings, one after

another leaving the stone-hole in the greenhouse glass.

Peak bloom, a brood of blue before firebrand.

And though it is late in the season, the bathers, also,

obey. One after another, they breathe in and