Sometimes I return to my mother’s childhood home, believing
I can reclaim it.
Mists rise up off the frozen creek
and the red star of Betelgeuse blinks out.
Pools of snowmelt glitter
violet as the Wyoming iolite. This is her territory
Heather Derr-Smith was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1971 and spent most of her childhood in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She received a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of Thrust (Persea Books, 2017), winner of the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award, Tongue Screw (Sparkwheel Press, 2016), The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008), and Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, 2005).