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Fleda Brown

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Fleda Brown is the author of ten poetry collections, including The Woods Are on Fire: New and Selected Poems (University of Nebraska Press, 2017) and The Devil's Child (Carnegie Mellon, 1999). Brown served as poet laureate of Delaware from 2001 to 2007. A professor emerita at the University of Delaware, she teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She lives in Traverse City, Michigan.

by this poet

I would rather be trapped in an attic with rats than play Monopoly
all the afternoons it takes to lose the last of my money to the already 

superrich 1 percent grandchild, to line up cheap green houses
on my low-rent Baltic and
Dear friend, you were right: the smell of fish and foam
and algae makes one green smell together. It clears
my head. It empties me enough to fit down in my own

skin for a while, singleminded as a surfer. The first
day here, there was nobody, from one distance
to the other. Rain rose from the waves like steam,