Green Hills Literary Lantern





the river cracks awake in the middle of the night, sounds like something

falling inside the house, sounds like the dog/kid broke something. I get up

so that my husband doesn’t have to, stomp out into the living room

bathed in bright moonlight, see

the dog curled up by the front door, oblivious to whatever woke us up.


From the living room, I can hear more ice breaking off, feel the river waking up

pushing trapped branches and dead deer off to the side banks, determined

to become an unhindered body once more. From the bedroom, my husband asks

What’s going on, I don’t know where to start.





Holly Day has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 2000. Her poetry has recently appeared in Big Muddy, The Cape Rock, New Ohio Review, and Gargoyle, and her published books include Walking Twin Cities, Music Theory for Dummies, Ugly Girl, and The Yellow Dot of a Daisy. She has been a featured presenter at Write On, Door County (WI), North Coast Redwoods Writers' Conference (CA), and the Spirit Lake Poetry Series (MN). Her newest poetry collections, A Perfect Day for Semaphore (Finishing Line Press) and I'm in a Place Where Reason Went Missing (Main Street Rag Publishing Co.) will be out late 2018.