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KB Ballentine


KB Ballentine’s sixth collection, The Light Tears Loose, appeared last summer with Blue Light Press. Published in Crab Orchard Review and Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, among others, her work also appears in anthologies including In Plein Air (2017) and Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace (2017). Learn more at



Let Your Hands Remember

Digging in Tully West, Kildare, Ireland

Wind complains, shivers each branch overhanging the site
boxed and numbered, a register of time from stone and peat:

bowls of promise, full of wheat or coin, lavender or wyrt.

Trace the painted wings –
glaze cracked, dancing, skirting the lip and belly.

Shaved clay flakes, ridges engraved
with the potter’s prints, voice baked
in fire and steam singing,           still singing.

Mead Moon rising, a chalked horse glints on the hill
as honeyed notes of the wren echo in the hedgerow.

Life interrupted – caught between then and now
as sunset searches the leaves, the earth for more.
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