There must be soft words
for an evening like this, when the breeze
caresses like gentle fingertips
all over. I don’t know
how not to write darkly and sad.
But it’s two years today since
my little girl was born, cut safely
from the noose.
We meant nothing but hope
Craig Morgan Teicher
Craig Morgan Teicher was born in 1979 and received an MFA from Columbia University in 2005. He is the author of To Keep Love Blurry (BOA Editions, 2012) and Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems (Center for Literary Publishing, 2008), winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry. Also the author of Cradle Book (BOA Editions, 2010), a collection of stories and fables, Teicher is a literary critic, and his essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. He currently serves as the director of digital operations at Publishers Weekly and as a poetry editor of The Literary Review. He teaches at The New School and New York University and lives in New Jersey with his wife, the poet Brenda Shaughnessy, and their children.