A Perspective on Women by Michelle Poirier Brown

Poet: Michelle Poirier Brown Poem title: A Perspective on Women Poem: There is something you learned that I didn’t, 	as indelible and necessary as the textures of a grey moth.  Male birds do tricks with their syrinx, paths of light slant through the trees.  I have come to sit. To contemplate my perspective on women.  A perspective as likely to contain warnings, regrets, promises… and dreams 	as anything else.  I consider the fir trees on the far side of the baseball diamond, 	their lithe forms. Their skirts, their fingernails.  Yes, there is something they learned that I didn’t.  I have chosen a set of sturdy, weathered, bench-style bleachers, five tiers high, ten seats wide.  The chainlink fence snaps into focus. The distance to the now invisible trees.  A crack in the woods behind me.  Dusk. They won’t know where to look. End of poem. Credits: Copyright © Michelle Poirier Brown Previously published in Arc Poetry Magazine, Issue 92 (Summer 2020). Michelle Poirier Brown is an internationally published Cree Métis poet and performer, currently living in Lekwungen territory (Victoria, BC, Canada). Her poem “Wake,” published in PRISM international’s “Dreams” issue, was awarded the Earle Birney Prize. Other poetry is forthcoming or has appeared in Arc, CV2, Grain, The Greensboro Review, Emrys Journal, Open Minds, Plenitude, Right Hand Pointing, and Vallum; the chapbooks Ekphrasis: Poets Respond; I am what becomes of broken branch; and Tending the Fire; and the anthologies Dis(s)ent, RAWSIY II and Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds. Long list awards include Grouse Grind V(ery) Short Forms (2017), Literary Writes Poetry (2018 and 2020), and Room Magazine Poetry (2019). Her current work includes a commission of new poems for a cycle of art songs (Jeffrey Ryan, composer) and an experimental one-act memoir based on living with PTSD.