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April is National Poetry Month, and Lifetime Learning is pleased to celebrate the talents of UVA faculty. Enjoy our April poetry series!

Stephen Cushman is the Robert C. Taylor Professor of English in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. His poetry collections include Hothead: A Poem, The Red List: A Poem, Riffraff, and Heart Island.



……….(Luke 9:29)

It’s a sign
she’s making for face
after for change

she flips her clenched fists
next flashing quick
sun and then shine

clothing becoming
white plus the dazzle
she does very well

with hand a small zigzag
downwardly bolting
figure for fulgurate

All signs she makes
Sunday for a couple
of white-headed guys

down front in a pew
two from the pulpit
she has her back to

never once glancing
up toward the balcony
with the best view

for seeing Our Father
as silent duet
before the guys teach us

how to pass peace
across any distance

lusciously touching.

………………….Copyright 2021 Stephen Cushman, all rights reserved

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Hothead: A Poem by Stephen Cushman

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