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Joan Aleshire

Joan Aleshire was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Harvard/Radcliffe and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Goddard College in 1980. She has taught in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College since 1983 and lives in Shrewsbury, Vermont. 


Wide-Eyed Look

Winter 2002 | Poetry

As fog lowered and lowered the navigable ceiling, fear made you silent, more competent, not allowing it to hold you, flying along rivers and roads through valleys, around mountains, and I trusted you in those 50-year old contraptions of balsawood [...]

Tete A Tete

Winter 2002 | Poetry

When a man dies, an unknown world passes away. St. Exupery, Wind, Sand and Stars The morning we didn't know would be our last together, you pressed your forehead to mine, pressed and rubbed gently, as an animal shows affection, or as if to transfe [...]


The brook works subliminally, running past the house, through the dreams of everyone who sleeps here—teaching the language of change and continuing— nameless, just mine here, but further up Adams' Brook, and furthest Korzuns', in the hillside whe [...]

Blue Bird Cab

Past the sign, "Notary—Night Crawlers for Sale," past the Free Will Baptist Church with its squat, smug spire, the black eyes of abandoned stores; past roses run wild, daylilies and mustard tangled together around the husk of a burned house; past t [...]