Rose Kelleher

La Milagrosa

"There is no God and Mary is his mother." --George Santayana

She's wearing a gold crown. Her feet are bare.
Flickering in a makeshift kitchen shrine
with Guadalupe and some Tupperware,
she lights my way for a dollar ninety-nine.

These Catholic candles are a quirk of mine.
I've shaken off my fetters, set down my cross,
jettisoned the Roman albatross.
But in the dry goods aisle, she looked divine

among the rice and beans, her highbeam-hands
flooding the world with mercy from above.
It's good to have her here, beside the stove.
She knows I don't believe. She understands.

Night Noise

Something is hungry, something I've forgotten.
I hear it scratching at my kitchen door,
waiting for me to let it in. It's hidden.
I search, but don't know what I'm searching for.

Something is crying, something I've mishandled.
With a voice like red-hot wire it lets me know
it's still alive, but broken. Now I've found it,
small and helpless, shivering in the snow.

Something is silent, something I've neglected.
Its uncomplaining body bears the weight
of every space where something's been omitted.
I fear I have remembered it too late.


Rose Kelleher grew up on the South Shore of Massachusetts, then lived in Boston for several years before moving to Maryland and marrying a transplanted Bostonian. She has worked as a technical writer and programmer, and authored four computer books and numerous technical articles. Since rediscovering poetry, she has published poems and essays in a variety of journals, most recently The Flea, The Raintown Review, Soundzine and Umbrella. Her first collection, Bundle o' Tinder, was awarded the 2007 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and is available from Waywiser Press.


Taylor Altman
Barb Crane
Janann Dawkins
Rose Kelleher
Athena Kildegaard
Jean L. Kreiling
Barbara Loots
Susan McLean
Mary Meriam
Annabelle Moseley
Wendy Sloan
Janice D. Soderling
Alison Talbott
Catherine Tufariello
Deborah Warren
Joyce Wilson
Marly Youmans

AWP, Washington, D.C.
The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project
(Anna Evans, Kim Bridgford, Erica Dawson, Jehanne Dubrow, Kathrine Varnes)
Room: Virginia A
Marriott Wardman Park
Lobby Level
Saturday, February 5
10:30-11:45 AM

Fifth-Anniversary MC Reading
West Chester University Poetry Conference
Friday, June 10
8:15 AM
Meredith Bergmann: An artist's statement is a formal thing--not written out in lines, but still constrained in length, and more particularly, tone. One should assert one's strategies, and boast about creative mischief. (Dithering is better done in verse.) But I'm restrained by wanting you to find out on your own what tickles me, and what moves me the most.

I sometimes doubt that humor really heals. Perhaps I want to wound instead, to wake; to wrong what may too easily be right. I love how sudden recognition feels, and play with that in everything I make--as in my second sonnet for this site.
32 Poems
The Academy of American Poets
The Atlantic
The Christian Science Monitor
The Cortland Review
Favorite Poem Project
The Frost Place
The Iowa Review
Light Quarterly
Modern American Poetry
The Poem Tree
Poetry Daily
Poetry Society of America
Poets House
Raintown Review
String Poet
Valparaiso Poetry Review
Verse Daily
Women's Poetry Listserv
The Yale Review

Bread Loaf
Poetry by the Sea


Barefoot Muse Press
David Robert Books
David R. Godine Press
Graywolf Press
Headmistress Press
The Johns Hopkins University Press
Louisiana State University Press
Northwestern Univ Press
Ohio Univ Press
Persea Books
Red Hen Press
Texas Tech Univ Press
Tupelo Press
Univ of Akron Press
Univ of Arkansas Press
Univ of Illinois Press
Univ of Iowa Press
Waywiser Press
White Violet Press

City Lights
Grolier Poetry Bookshop
Joseph Fox Bookshop
Prairie Lights
Tattered Cover Bookstore

92nd Street Y
Literary Mothers
Poets & Writers