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Yvette Nelson

  • In the country they say, 'We'll come when it rains.' When the soft rains come soaking through the day and into the night, they go visiting, they sit around the kitchen table in a dry place and talk of children and crops.

  • He moved, she noticed, frail as trailing smoke on soft autumn days, and she feared she would soon lose him, like smoke rising through the trees, not as a ripping flash of summer lightning, but softly one evening.

  • The moon / waning or waxing / a sliver set / like a cradle / a thin suggestion, / the lit edge / of porcelain.

  • His grasp on life fanned shallow as poplar roots.

  • I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning.

    • Yvette Nelson,
    • in SCAN ()
  • This is mother we are speaking of. / There is nothing she wouldn't do for us / insistent about how wonderful we can be / but almost never are.

    • Yvette Nelson,
    • "Cleave," Once A World ()
  • Trees are so serious; it doesn't matter / about their hair, which is a distraction.

    • Yvette Nelson,
    • "Sometimes in Winter," Once A World ()

Yvette Nelson, U.S. poet, editor

(1940)