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Poem Published in U.S. 1 Summer Fiction Issue

I’m so pleased that my poem Running Wild appeared in the July, 2014, U.S. 1 Summer Fiction Issue. Please scroll down to page 33:

Or, you can visit this link, but the Stanley Kunitz quote that prefaces the poem is neither italicized or indented, both of which it should be:


Just tried to enter the screenshot I captured, but it won’t paste here. So here’s the poem (with its credit) as it appeared in my reproduction of its format:

From: JULY 23, 2014 / U.S. 1 33 / (U.S. 1 Summer Fiction Issue)

Running Wild

     The great clock of your life     is slowing down,     and the small clocks run wild.             —Stanley Kunitz

I am running again through the woods next to my childhood yard, my small legs dodging fallen branches, thick brambles, maybe even poison ivy, as I gallop through some summer’s sticky heat.

I am running like our small beagle Berry, named for wild blackberries, who dashed headlong into a tree upon our return from a treeless, sun-blind shore—and lived.

I am running wild although it’s darker now here in this new time zone where the hours grow hallow beneath the mirror of the moon— a moon inching further from the Earth each year.

A great clock ticks on the horizon, but small clocks pulse within me, giddy with urgency, as I dodge trees and leap streams, trusting my feet to find firm ground beneath the flickering stars.

— Penny Harter [copyright (c) 2014, Penny Harter. ] —————————— Penny Harter is published widely in journals and anthologies. Recent books include The Resonance Around Us (2013); the prizewinning One Bowl (e-chapbook, 2012); Recycling Starlight (2010); and The Night Marsh (2008). She was a featured reader at the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival, and has won three fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts; the Mary Carolyn Davies Award from the PSA; and a January, 2011, fellowship from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She works for the NJSCA as a visiting poet in the schools.

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