NEWER POST

Hey Kids: Don't Shoot!

OLDER POST

Why Don't Women Major in Computer Science?

Lifeline, Links, Lit Cafe

After Newtown: Baltimore Poet Ann Eichler Kolakowski Remembers

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 11:30am

angel

We turn off the news and drive

through Baltimore Cemetery
to search for your ancestors,
but all I see are angels
perched
on crumbling marble:

think of the cost
of each small body
reaching
for the unseen—

names once carved
in relief
now
invisible.

**

I learned to read
in Mrs. Bailey’s classroom—
letters assembled
into meaning,
took wings.

**

Think: how great
the wages of sin—

no, not sin. No
explanation for this.
The clay of language fails
to mold a proper
vessel
for our grief.

After Newtown

Ann Eichler Kolakowski recently completed the M.A. in Writing Program at the Johns Hopkins University. Her first book of poems, Persistence, which chronicles the story of the lost mill town of Warren, Maryland, will be published by David Robert Books in 2014. (She took the photograph.)

Leave a Reply

  • faye rivkin

    Ms. Kolakowski – You know how much I adore your poetry! I’m so happy when others get to experience it as well. Love this piece.



NEWER POST

Hey Kids: Don't Shoot!

OLDER POST

Why Don't Women Major in Computer Science?

Most Comments This Week

22

Is There Email After Death?

Written by Marion Winik

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 7:39pm

3

Pigtown Design: Gone to Ruin

Written by Meg Fielding

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 9:09pm

2

Baltimore Judge Suspended for 'Sarcastic' Comments

Written by Robert OBrien

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 9:01am

Recent Comments

Chris
Druid Hill Park Gets a Waterfall and Rowboats for its Birthday

"Why the city is insisting on filling in roughly 25% of the lake to put the cisterns in,...

Billy
New White House Fence Jumper Is From Bel-Air

"Former Stevenson University student. Another consequence of letting anyone with a pulse...

Mikey
Is There Email After Death?

"I've been searching for a piece to articulate the loss of my mom and finally I have found...

Diploma John
Baltimore Judge Suspended for ‘Sarcastic’ Comments

"It sountds like the judge is auditioning for one of of those awful Court TV shows.

Frank Locke
Baltimore Judge Suspended for ‘Sarcastic’ Comments

"Seriously? A Baltimore City Judge? With the idiotic stuff stuff they see on a daily...