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Linda Bierds

Linda Bierds’ sixth book of poetry, The Seconds, was published by Putnam’s in 2001. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a fellowship in 1998 from the MacArthur Foundation. Bierds teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Washington.


The Cats

Winter 2004 | Poetry

Gregor Mendel, 1857 Up the monastery walls, the brewery's yeast-scent huffles. And the dusty cat, stretched high over warm stones, swings its blunt snout this way and that, yeast-ward and monk-ward, from release to salvation. In the bright sun he [...]


Winter 2004 | Poetry

At hand: the rounded shapes—cloud white, the scissors—sharp, two dozen toothpick pegs, a vial of amber glue. It's February, London, 1953, and he's at play, James Watson: the cardboard shapes, two dozen toothpick pegs, a vial of amber glue. White [...]