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Stacy Szymaszek

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Stacy Szymaszek was born on July 17, 1969 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is the author of A Year From Today (Nightboat, 2018 ), Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals (Fence Books, 2016), hart island (Nightboat, 2015), Hyperglossia (Litmus Press, 2009), and Emptied of All Ships (Litmus Press, 2005). She received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry in 2014 and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant in poetry in 2019. She served as the executive director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark's in New York City from 2007 to 2018. She has taught at Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and is the 2018-2019 Hugo Visiting Writer at the University of Montana-Missoula.

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1974 I start
a memo on
dreadful vision

of Christian mildness
amidst Christian perps

bringing an evil
to hymns

evaporates 
water stations

I can wait
                a Polish actress

wide-set 50 mm
eyes restrictive 
yet yield surprise

my lap 
made of muscle

        knee caps