Sally Nacker

Emily Dickinson's Amherst, Main Street

I stayed in a room at a B and B
(across from the old home of Emily)
where once stood her father's field of rye.
I heard the fall wind as I closed my eyes.

I slept in a house on the land she viewed
from her window overlooking the field—
her sherry eyes on the gold, swaying rye
tossing and glinting, and waving goodbye.

Goodbye to the rye, now gardens and homes,
goodbye to the rustling swish on the loam,
goodnight, goodnight, dear Emily, I said,
then dreamed of her asleep in her Homestead.

During Stillness

There will be no table in heaven,
I would not think,
or cards upon it to send,
or pen with ink.

No book with written word
or notebook with lines.
No embroidered bird,
or fork with tines,

will lie on my napkin
beside my plate.
No wine in
my cup when the night is late.

No window sill
to invite light, no window
at all. Perhaps no tree will
stand and sway tall. So

with my mind and thoughts clear,
it is with joy that I sit
here. It is life I hold dear
amid the ordinary quiet.

For my mother

In the narrow white boat
you took toward death—
through waters deep,
mysterious and remote

to me—you seemed as though
you were asleep,
your face aglow
with your bright light

that began to dim in this land
as you moved to another
through the night.
Not there to hold your hand,

this is how I imagine it
must have been as you proved,
in the radiant, white room, the pure
holiness of your solitude.

Death is what mothers do alone;
daughters cannot come along
or pause the creaking boat. Your lantern shone
for you only.


Sally Nacker received her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Fairfield University in January, 2013. Since then her poetry collection Vireo has been a finalist, semifinalist and honorable mention in three poetry book prize contests. The same collection was accepted for publication by Kelsay Books in October, 2014 and released in February, 2015. Happily, she was invited with Vireo to read at Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference in Madison, CT. She is a frequent visitor to the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst. Sally and her husband can often be found taking several literary tours in New England. She values privacy, quiet, beauty, nature and stillness. She resides in Connecticut with her husband and their two cats.


Deborah Arnold
Sylvia Ashby
Meredith Bergmann
Carol Dorf
Melanie Figg
Sophia Galifianakis
Nicole Caruso Garcia
Jennifer Glancy
Dolores Hayden
Kjerstin Kauffman
Katrina Kostro
Michele Leavitt
Susan McLean
Ann Michael
Sally Nacker
Stella Nickerson
Samantha Pious
Rita Rousseau
Renée M. Schell
Leslie Schultz
Katherine Smith
Rebecca Starks
Myrna Stone
Chelsea Woodard (Featured Poet)
Marly Youmans


Jenna Le, Anne-Marie Thompson, and Chelsea Woodard join editor Kim Bridgford at the tenth-anniversary Mezzo Cammin panel at the Poetry by the Sea conference.

Sophia Galifianakis was the recipient of the Mezzo Cammin scholarship.

Corpus VI was formed in 2003, when six women figurative painters, who studied together at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, united to curate, exhibit and present our work to the public on our own terms, and launch our artistic careers. The name was chosen because it reflected our shared commitment to figurative representation. Clarity Haynes, Elena Peteva, and Suzanne Schireson were three of the founding members of the group, which organized an inaugural, self-titled show at Philadelphia's Highwire Gallery in the spring of 2005. The exhibition essay was written by Jeffrey Carr, Dean of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The exhibition was very well-attended and reviewed in several art publications.

The experience of working together to successfully realize this exhibition, as well as the continuous dialogue and exchange of ideas on contemporary figuration, has proven to be greatly valuable to us. Ten years after graduating from PAFA, as our careers have taken us to different locations across the United States, three of the original members, Clarity Haynes, Suzanne Schireson, and Elena Peteva, have come together to reinvent the collective by inviting one artist each to be part of this exhibition that will begin at the New Bedford Art Museum in fall 2015 and travel to other institutions.

Holly Trostle Brigham, Stacy Latt Savage and Laurie Kaplowitz are professional figurative artists, whose strong artistic visions enrich the collective's range and explorations of contemporary representation. We are excited at the prospect of seeing our work all together in new configurations, creating new dialogues. Holly Brigham creates imaginative, narrative watercolors, which tell a feminist story, inserting her artistic persona into art historical narratives and mythologies. Laurie Kaplowitz uses textured paint to create personages that hint at the soul within, alluding to rituals of marking, scarring and adorning the body as an integral part of our human identity and presentation. Stacy Latt Savage combines figurative elements with fabricated structures and shapes to create objects that capture what it looks like to feel human and the complexities of our human condition. Clarity Haynes casts new light on ideas of beauty, femininity and embodiment through her realistic painted portraits of the female torso. Elena Peteva creates allegorical representations of our individual and social states through the human figure and subtle, charged, incomplete signs that invite the viewer's attempt for interpretation. Suzanne Schireson is influenced by her great-grandfather's autobiography as an early plastic surgeon and her paintings examine contradictions surrounding the birth of cosmetic surgery, such as the power to heal and the fostering of insecurity.
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