Sofia M. Starnes
Poet and Editor, Poet Laureate of Virginia, 2012-2014
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Greetings and welcome to my homepage.

I know no better way of introducing myself than through some
of my verses, excerpted below. I hope you will wish to read more of my work.


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Some excerpts from my poems...

Interim
is the word I would use the most cautiously,
How precarious its hum,
ear to earth, plumbing earth, earthwise.

From "The Soul's Landscape" (A Commerce of Moments)

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Let’s say we leave out every thirdness, the odd drone
hovering over a bee-line, the loose tongue
in the uncommon serpent,
threading a twig... instead,
we slip into a commerce of moments: one-two,
one-two: noon gossip for midnight truth,
leaf-lethargy for home.
Two crows have scared the crickets balancing our luck –
a caw, a pull, a pause –
what could, what must become of a life.

From "The Tightrope" (A Commerce of Moments)

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I am bewildered by my fall,
how the ground rose between groans and good lips,
how it hummed when the tower homed,

fully into ashes.
And all I heard, whooshed between words, 
was love you, love me.

From "The House That Spoke" (Fully Into Ashes)

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A restless voice cries out across the street
and steals what twilight gives them, tipping earth;
the dual scents of lamb and mint converse,
and mindless of the door, feasts wander in.

No matter if they pull the shades, latch inwardly
the locks; the world must sneak its aches, its carbon in.
Won't one of them respond: cheeks risen, feverish?
And won't the other pray with human breath?

From "Why Honeymoons Are Brief" (Love and the Afterlife)

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