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Biography
Alison Meyers’ poems have appeared in CONNECTICUT REVIEW, COMMON GROUND REVIEW, FRESHWATER REVIEW and CADUCEUS II. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she is the author of two chapbooks, RED ANGEL'S ORPHAN & OTHER POEMS and PEST CONTROL (Everyday Books). Alison became Executive Director of Cave Canem Foundation, New York City, in 2006. Previously, she directed the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, a multi-faceted program of Hill-Stead Museum, CT, where she concurrently served as Director of Marketing & Communications. She has served as a panelist for the Urban Artists Initiative (CT), the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, the New York State Council on the Arts’ Facing Pages Conference, the New England Foundation for the Arts Conference and elsewhere; and has been a judge for the NEA/Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Out Loud, the IMPAC/CSU Poetry Awards and the Connecticut Book Award for Poetry. Currently, she serves on the boards of Bowery Arts & Science and Soul Mountain Retreat.

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POEMS

- by Alison Meyers

ASSIGNMENT OF ANGELS

Who watches over this animal

earth, its tectonic shifts, hungers

 

fiery bombs, snow

rucked over edges of plows

 

in the deep of night

 

pilgrims scratching to Mecca

 

tender chaos of violets sprung

among roots and fields

 

Marsalis in perpetual motion

his divine breath, the cornet

 

orange-jumpsuited detainees

their shackles and prayers

 

you, love, your infant wild gaze

when awakened from dreams—

 

what thunderous minds embrace us

which crystalline limbs