This week we offer another new poem from our sizzlin’ hot new “hangin’ hands” summer issue, 36.2. Diane Seuss’s second collection, Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open, received the Juniper Prize for Poetry and was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2010. Her poems and brief lyrical essays have appeared in a range of literary magazines, most recently in Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, and Mid-American Review. Diane received the Cultural Center of Cape Cod Poetry Prize in 2011, and the Summer Literary Seminars Poetry Prize. She received a Pushcart Prize in 2012 for a poem that originally appeared in Blackbird. Diane was the MacLean Distinguished Visiting Writer at Colorado College in fall 2012. She is Writer in Residence at Kalamazoo College, in Michigan.
As a child, I lured adults to my puppet show by offering free beer. We didn’t have the money for beer or puppets. I wasn’t lying; I was imagining, which is a form of hope.