Sudden Memory

by Kate Gleason


Mt. Monadnock—

with its blue, scarred body


barnacled with cloud,

its white-dotted rocks


like fluke markings

or a constellation


that fills in the darkness

with a story—


rises above its shadow

in my childhood


pond, Leviathan

of the sky.



Kate Gleason is the author of a full-length collection of poetry, Measuring the Dark and two chapbooks of poetry. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Verse Daily, Green Mountains Review and elsewhere. She has received writing fellowships from the NEA, the Vermont Studio Center, and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Formerly the editor of Peregrine literary magazine and a poet in the schools, Kate currently leads writing workshops and runs a literary editing and submitting service.

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