by Annie G. Rogers (2009 Pushcart Nominee)

The snow begins
it falls and no one can stop it
it covers the back fence and flings itself
outward, a lost thing—
erasing time and memory in its great silence.

A running figure
on the last scrap of day
a rope of footfalls writes the script
wind turns to smoke and threads—
that double what the voice can say.

(A version of "Feathered Alphabet" first appeared in Annie G. Rogers' book, A Shining Affliction.)

Annie G. Rogers
is a poet, as well as a writer of memoir and fiction. She has published two books that combine her clinical work in psychoanalysis with memoir: A Shining Affliction, and The Unsayable. She has edited a volume of short fiction and memoir writing from her workshops with writers in Ireland, Charlie's Chasing the Sheep. She is currently working on a book of poems, Approximate Names. She is Professor of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.