Buttoning Up, Poetry from Our Featured Poet
Mary Buchinger is the author of three collections of poetry, eifühlung—in feeling (2018), Aerialist (2015) short listed for the May Swenson Poetry Award, the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry, and the Perugia PressPrize), Roomful of Sparrows (2008, New Women’s Voices Series semi-finalist). Her poems have appeared ion print and online and are anthologised in Gutters and Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle, Homesickness and Exile, The Quieting, Words to Cure the Tameness, and others. Mary grew up on a farm in Michigan, was a Peace CorpsVolunteer in Ecuador, and holds a doctorate in Applied Linguistics fromBoston University.
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THE SHEATHING An angel robed in stainless steel loomed piously above his bed. It proffered neither rapturous death nor life eternally supposed. Its voice was his voice in his pain —a whinging gasp, an engine noise. It closed his loins into a sheath held fast by buried nails, white spikes redriven through his wasting joints