Last night the animals beneath her window crept out of hiding to comb the dirt from each other's fur. Rising to watch, she discovered the lilacs lit from below by ivory vinca. The street on the other side of the trees continued to contain its passing cars; tenderly her teeth let her tongue rest
Born in 1949 in Concord, Massachusetts, Erica Funkhouser studied at Vassar College and Stanford University. She is the author of several collections of poetry, including: Earthly (Houghton Mifflin, 2008); Pursuit (2002); Sure Shot and Other Poems (1992); and Natural Affinities (1983).
She was a recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Foundation grant for poetry. She has also worked as a playwright.
She lives in Essex, Massachusetts and teaches poetry-writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.