Posts Tagged: Sara Sutter

A Poem by Sara Sutter

The Changing Snow Chicken

A type of grouse. A game bird whose  name originates from imitation   of all the grumbling he does—“his  song is more like a croak”—thus few souls go   within earshot. The Changing Snow  Chicken lives in the Arctic and changes   “from brown in summer to a nice winter plumage in winter.” “Naturally,”    he explains, “this helps me blend in- to my environment, which I refuse   to leave although it’s the harshest tundra on the planet.” This, he tells you   while wagging his comb—his sole ornament, big as a half-closed fist—


A Poem By Sara Sutter

Day My Father Died

Friday, June 24th. It’s easy to remember, being halfway before and after. Record low temperature. November 22nd draws close. By now, in 2005, he told me he needs to go somewhere. The day my father died, I could not cry; my mother did. His face on the pillow in the faux moonlight. Rote morning, black and white, I was walking home from the library carrying nine books. That’s the way my memory sees it, but I can’t know exactly nine. “It was the worst day of my life.” The Day My Father Died (updated with pictures). Rate: 36 Flag. Explain why. We laid flowers on [...]


A Poem By Sara Sutter

Golden Cowrie

Flamingo tongue with a Saturn-ringworm shape,           mainly very polished, part                     abalone sea-ear,                               probably named “cowrie”

for the fissure’s resemblance to the vulva           of a sow, or the breast-implant-                     function it would later                               fill. The Romans called it

“porculi” for porcelain and little pig.           The Greeks, “a column, a spiral                     staircase, a rococo                               currency.” Today they’re

known as “turbans,” “seizing Europe with the same           fervor as Tulipmania.”                     Nonetheless, cowries use                               holes to breathe. “The raised parts”—

nervures and aureoles—protect by hugging           “mantle lobes, labral portions,” when                     movement occurs. They live                               on submerged reefs emerg-

ing suddenly and slide over them with ease. Sara Sutter’s work appears [...]