Scoundrel Time


Fact death’s birth theater:
a circling thicket
of negligent capability’s

white folding chairs
on a plantation or
at an inauguration. Effluvium

whiteness Mount Vesuviusing
to thy neighbor’s lawn—
an abscess. And I’m swaddled

in white, stained. Reaching
after fact. My desk is too white.
Now that I’ve said, what next.



Deborah Bernhardt’s Echolalia was published by Four Way Books as winner of the Intro Prize for Poetry. Driftology won the New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM Chapbook Prize. She received two residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center and residencies/fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Wisconsin Arts Board, Penn State Altoona, Tennessee Arts Commission, Hessen Literary Society in Germany, Summer Literary Seminars Russia, and others.






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