Anne Marie Rooney
Anne Marie Rooney is the author of Spitshine (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2012). She has won the Iowa Review Award, the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, the Amy Award, and others, and been featured in the Best New Poets and Best American Poetry anthologies. Born and raised in New York City, she currently lives in New Orleans, where she is a teaching artist.

Entry: open word

Breaks of water collapse the poisonous tongue. In the grass around the corner are small faces making light of the pain, its precedents, endingness. I have a swelling but the way I feel is plain, a heat slat falling. Bright pocks appear and you know that means life squeezed too tight. There is energy to...

Entry: open sky

^ It’s your city that’s in the flood zone the whole city which now is yours a paper bowl filled with water and the cats everywhere in little stitches moving out   ^ Out-moving stitches litter in everywhere cats the and and water with fillings your bowl or paper burns it’s yours now which city...