From Rochester Radar, April 21, 2017:
For Sarah Terry, a freelance writer and game designer living in Dover, poetry has always been about finding the best way to turn thoughts and images into stories. “I think it’s one of the most empathic arts - you’re being invited into someone else’s brain and given a front row seat as they process their experiences in full, vivid detail,” she says. “It’s connecting and enriching and powerful - and sometimes it’s just hysterical and fun!”
Terry’s work has appeared in Strange Horizons, RHINO Poetry, Star*Line, and other publications. You can catch up with her latest news on Twitter @abendlied.
THE DREAM OF FLYING FISH
This morning, I am an observer named October, pale and wide-eyed, dying my lips blue
with the rain. The fish are swimming above the tank again. I am trying to feed them breakfast
but they’ve retreated into the cabinetry and now what is left to crawl out of the tank?
If only I had a laugh track, I thought, I would be so much braver. Instead, my hands grow
smaller every day. The ring I bought in Sweden from the old woman and her purple hair
slides around and makes me dizzy. I would like to go back again, to somewhere, and find
everyone has stayed put. But no. They are all like masterless fish, these people – they think
they leap so gracefully, cannot bear to remain. If only I were celestial, aerial – a Learjet
of cosmic awareness, yes, like a giant, like a saint. The world could slide through my arteries,
flapped and battered in my heart. I am only the sister of Desire. We would all be better off.
O’Connor, a New York native, recently settled in Rochester after obtaining her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of New Hampshire. Her work has recently appeared in “The Fourth River,” “Stone Canoe,” “Paper Nautilus,” “So to Speak,” “Arsenic Lobster,” and the “Santa Ana River Review,” among other publications. She is also a former poetry editor of the online literary journal “Barnstorm.”
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