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Elaine Terranova

Elaine Terranova is the author of The Dog’s Heart and two previous books of poems, The Cult of the Right Hand, which won the Walt Whitman Award, and Damages. She has translated Euripides’ Iphigenia at Aulis. Her awards include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been a fellow at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Banister Writer in Residence at Sweet Briar College. Her work has appeared on Philadelphia buses in the Poetry Society’s Poetry in Motion project. She has been a winner of the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award and has been honored by the PA Center for the Book. Her work appears in a number of anthologies including Blood to Remember, The Poetry Daily Anthology, Sixty Years of American Poetry and The Gift of Tongues. She teaches at the Community College of Phila.



While I was young, while death was still the exception, turning up shiny and unexpected like a coin at the bottom of my purse, I lived for the first time away from home, two floors up from a furrier and just above a Greek family where a sister killed [...]

The Spot

The spring my father died, when I came to believe that everyone was mortal, I found a spot at the back of my leg, jagged and dark, that held on like a tick. I waited for it to grow into a cancer. First blemish, I thought, in a spoiling fruit. So smal [...]