"Georgia, Lake George, 1907" by Tara Hart
Georgia, Lake George, 1907
You see what became of me:
cross, stripped skull, giant desert flower.
But at twenty I played a summer east of Tongue Mountain.
I read pulp fiction, did not tell these boys about those.
I watched the water at night, seeing in a red then green glowing prow my own
turning to wonder:
just how much light and little lake
would it take
to bleach me
beyond the dark boats tugging this sodden body,
to the level of
Tara Hart, PhD, was awarded a Pushcart Prize for Poetry in 2011 from the publication of "Patronized" in Little Patuxent Review. She has a chapbook entitled The Colors of Absence and several poems in the anthology to linger on hot coals: collected poetic works from grieving women writers. Other poems have appeared in journals such as TriQuarterly, Welter, and The Muse. She is a Professor of English, Arts & Humanities; Department Chair of Humanities; and the Coordinator of Creative Writing at Howard Community College in Maryland, and is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of HoCoPoLitSo (the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society). She has served as a host of HoCoPoLitSo’s TV show The Writing Life in “A Literary Gathering of Women: The Craft of Writing” and “A Literary Gathering of Women: Exploring Themes in Literature.” Her chapter, “Still Points: Mary Austin’s Compositions and Explanations,” from the dissertation Tender Horizons: The American Landscapes of Austin and Stein, is published in Exploring Lost Borders: Critical Essays on Mary Austin (University of Nevada Press).
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