American Life in Poetry: ‘Black Belt,’ Foley
American Life in Poetry
How much pain and anger can a good poet pack into just a few words? A lot, in this 15-word haiku by Laura Foley from her 2019 collection of poems from Headmistress Press entitled “Why I Never Finished My Dissertation,” her seventh book. Foley lives in Vermont.
Her husband in a coma,
she in the dojo,
learning to kill with her toes.
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