Woman Inside a Wood Stove


By Penny Perry

 for my mother

Penny Perry poethissing
your small door
a square of black iron

woman inside a garden hose
spitting
inside those coils
and curls
your coupling
a circle of gold

women were in boxes then
women were in circles then

you wanted me warm
you wanted me well

busy burning busy drowning
you hissed instructions

held up mirrors waved your maps

opened your small door
I crawled through

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About Penny Perry

PennyPerryKateHardingMugPenny Perry is a six-time Pushcart Prize nominee in poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in California Quarterly, Lilith, Redbook, Earth’s Daughter, the Paterson Literary Review and the San Diego Poetry Annual.

Her first collection of poems, Santa Monica Disposal & Salvage (Garden Oak Press, 2012) earned praise from Marge Piercy, Steve Kowit, Diane Wakoski and Maria Mazziotti Gillan.

She writes under two names, Penny Perry and Kate Harding.

Photo credit: D. Laird via a Creative Commons license.

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  1. Sharon Lynne Thompson says:

    Penny- this is an intricate, strangely moving piece. The imagery is evocative and filled with mystery and warmth. Well done.

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