Claire T. Feild

The April Selected Poet is Claire T. Feild

Please feel free to email Claire at: ctillandsia@aol.com



As she holds the aromatic bark of
a West Indian shrub, she
enters into a meditative

While in this condition, she feels as
if  she is swimming in corn

As she falters, she rushes into
another season, the snow
alternately thawing and
then freezing, forming
crafty balls.

Because she holds a significant
vendetta against the cold,
she throws corn snow at
whatever personage
crosses her path.


As she sits in the summerhouse thinking
about her missing love, she
reminisces about what life was
like before the bedlam’s pollution
between the two of them.

Although he is not dead, he might as well
be because his lips are absent from   
her body.

Even though the weather turns cold, she
sits stoically, her ears beginning
to freeze into two large worms.

She picks at her ears with her cold hands,
the worms sticking to her hands’
veins, her inability to remove
their curvatures causing her to
realize she has lost the ability
to pulsate with her love, even
if he were to return as a pacifist in
pale dusk, a drone in his pocket
for hands unable to be genteel.

As the worms intrude within her veins
in summer, she cannot find
a poultice for stubborn itches.      


We see portions of her indistinct image twirl
and then flow unevenly upward
into the air.

We think of her as a raw ghost, a hilly pellet
not having been present before.

As she continues to twist, we experience
vertigo, and a tornado sizzles from
her formlessness.

Chaotic, she spurns our village, the roofs of
our huts lining our Lake Lotus, the
lake with dozens of variegated rooftops,
a garden in our lakefront. 

The fourberie eventually departs, her living
remains, raggedy ghost babies for us
to rear.     

Claire T. Feild has taught English in middle school, high school, community college, and university settings. For five years, she was the editor and publisher of a national/international journal for teachers titled Beyond Doggerel.Nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Krater Quarterly, she has had 366 poems and 6 creative nonfiction stories accepted for publication in 120 print journals and anthologies such as, The Tulane Review; Slipstream Press; South Dakota Review; Spillway; The Carolina Quarterly; Folio; Chinaberries and Crows: An Anthology; Freshwater; Black Magnolias Literary Journal; Birmingham Arts Journal; Windmills (Australia); Coup d’Etat; Twisted Endings (Canada); Dark Lane Poetry Collaborative (U.K.); The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal (Greece); and Literature Today (India).Her first poetry book is Mississippi Delta Women in Prism. Her second poetry collection is Southern Aunts: The 1950s.Her third poetry collection titled Indigo Blues was publishedbytheOrigami PoemsProject. Her fourth book, A Delta Vigil: Yazoo City, Mississippi, The 1950s,is creative nonfiction and about her growing up white and female in the Mississippi Delta. Her fifth book, Mississippi Delta Memories, includes creative nonfiction stories set in the Mississippi Delta.