Written in Arlington

During the month of April 2020, Arlington Poet Laureate Emerita Katherine E. Young is posting poems from the forthcoming anthology Written in Arlington, which showcases the poets and poems of Arlington, Virginia.


Ode to Fairlington
by Sarah Lilius

Brick beside brick, we keep it together.
Hoses turn on like tiny mouths.
Roads wind about seamless.
Dog walkers up early as blue jays.
Trees speak like quiet women.
We whisper in cotton blends.
The children are sleeping.

Sarah Lilius is the author of four chapbooks, including GIRL and Thirsty Bones. Her work has appeared in the Denver QuarterlyPithead ChapelEntropy, and Fourteen Hills. She lives in Virginia with her husband and sons. “Ode to Fairlington” received an honorable mention for the 2017 Moving Words program on the ART buses.

Written in Arlington / Spoken in Arlington is a print and digital collection of the poets and poems of Arlington, VA, edited by Katherine E. Young and published by Paycock Press (forthcoming, fall 2020). It is supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington Cultural Affairs division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts. For more information, visit Arlington Arts.

Image: After the Rain mixed media/collage on canvas by Anya Getter (fragment)

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