Anca Vlasopolos


It happens once in a great while
even though I live less than two miles away.
You need

       a dim night,
       rolls of dense moisture
       like strands of sugar fine-spun for cotton candy
       in the centrifuge at the fair
       unwinding across the surface,
       a moment or more of sleeplessness,
       a memory of the calf that broke loose
       to suckle greedily at the udder
       and his eyes, open huge and rolling in protest
       as the man and woman wanting the milk for themselves
       wrenched him away
       and of the mother's lowing for him
       again and again in the long afternoon

to hear in that voice caught in swirls without clue the fury, the
cry,"I'm here, right here," "Are you there?"

Date of Birth: October 14, 1948
Location: Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Occupation: Professor of English
Publications: Branches Quarterly, Typo Magazine, Avatar Review, etc.
Book: No Return Address: A Memoir of Displacement (Columbia UP, 2000); Through the Straits, At Large (poetry collection, Ridgeway P, 1997); Missing Members (detective novel, Corridors P, 1990)
Awards: National Writer's Voice Grant for Creative Non-Fiction, 2001. Wayne State University Board of Governors Award for No Return Address

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