Ex-Wife as Hunting Cabin – Karen Skolfield

You built her
so there would be
no curves, no softness
and for this
you loved her,
how she stood
on her own.
The time spent
on a foundation
increases life
expectancy tenfold
and so you dug
through Michigan loam
to the frost line,
sure that what
you were making
would last.
In the evenings
you shut every
last window
and let the light
close down around you.
Gave the lake
back to the loons.
Now, inside,
another little family,
and if you knocked
they would open
the door and not
know you,
not know you at all.

Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas (2013) won the First Book Award for Poetry from Zone 3 Press. She is the poetry editor for Amherst Live, a quarterly production of poetry, politics, and more, and she’s a contributing editor at the literary magazines Tupelo Quarterly and Stirring. Her poems have appeared in Best of the Net Anthology, Cave Wall, Memorious, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, West Branch, and others, and she is the winner of the 2014 Split This Rock poetry prize and the 2012 Oboh Prize from Boxcar Poetry Review. She teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts.

She can be found online at http://www.karenskolfield.blogspot.com/

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