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B.J. Buckley

B.J. Buckley
XXI. The Cruelest Month
And rai-ain-
Done been
wet-henned, us, be-
oh! This spring
whirlwinds, wests, and
waterspouts, the fields
as it were,
all coots and
too ear-lie
ing the morning,
Look! – sump-sodden
wing, the damp
downpour, songbirds
in their rickety little
nests and
no eggs
no eggs
for breakfast.
B.J. Buckley is a Montana poet and writer who has worked in Arts-in-Schools/Communities programs throughout the west for over 30 years. She is currently Writer-in-Residence for Sanford Arts, Sanford Cancer Center , Sioux Falls, SD; and is 2013-14 Artist-in-Residence at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, MT. Her prizes and awards include a Wyoming Arts Council Literature Fellowship; The Cumberland Poetry Review’s Robert Penn Warren Narrative Poetry Prize; the Poets & Writers “Writers Exchange Award” in Poetry; the Rita Dove Poetry Prize from the Center for Women Writers, Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC; and the Joy Harjo Prize from CutThroat. She is the 2012 winner of the Comstock Review Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared widely in print and on-line journals and anthologies, and two volumes of poetry. Her letterpress chapbook, “Spaces Both Infinite and Eternal,” is forthcoming from Limberlost Press, Boise, Idaho, in the Spring of 2013.


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