the poetry that matters

Holly Day

Holly Day lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she teaches needlepoint classes for the Minneapolis school district and writing classes at The Loft  Literary Center. Her poetry has recently appeared in Hawai’i Pacific Review, Slant, and The Tampa Review, and she is the 2011 recipient of the Sam Ragan Poetry Prize from Barton College. Her most recent published books are "Walking Twin Cities" and "Notenlesen für Dummies Das Pocketbuch."


           Braille and Love        


the spot where someone dared you to put a cigarette out

the jagged “x” just under my skin


like anthropologists, we explore

the keloids I got in ninth grade

the circle of blue dots on your arm, all the damage


a twelve-year-old can do with a safety pin and India ink,

the badly-knit bones broken by a drunk stepfather


fingertips exhuming each other’s damaged pasts.




            My Skin With Your Beak


I stopped at your table and looked down. Sand stuck to my skin

such tiny pink scared eyes, perfectly-coifed hair. Look at


me. I kissed you back, brushed the sand from your face,

prepared to dance. But the music was so bad, so sad

the violins a reflection on the massacre of 1936


and our imperfect night. Crematory ash

fell to the dark bottom of a miles-deep crevasse

I waited until I felt the impact.



                                                                                                         January 4, 2013