{A Bumbershoot Special Feature}

A. E. Stallings

has received numerous awards for her poetry, including the Richard Wilbur Award, the 2004 Frederick Bock Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award.  She is the author of two collections of poetry, Archaic Smile andHapax and a verse translation of Lucretius for Penguin Classics, The Nature of Things.

Stallings studied classics in Athens, Georgia, and now lives in Athens, Greece with her husband, the journalst John Psaropoulos, and their son Jason.  Website.

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Brain Teaser

My breath in time
Will foil the mirror,
So only I’m
Becoming clearer.

My fingerprints
Are on the knives,
The evidence
Of cleaving lives.

Obscure, the swirling
Oh what a sterling
Foe I am!

My claim to fame
Is dim enough:
Smirch your name,
I don’t rub off.