Sunday Oct 25

Taavila-Borsheim-Poetry Pia Taavila-Borsheim grew up in Walled Lake, Michigan, and lives now in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with her husband, David Borsheim. She received her BA and MA in American Literature from Eastern Michigan University (1977, 1979) and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. (1985) from Michigan State University in English, Sociology, and Philosophy. She is a tenured, full professor and teaches literature and creative writing at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. In 2008, Gallaudet University Press published her collected poems, Moon on the Meadow: Collected Poems 1977-2007; Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, Two Winters in 2011. Her poems have appeared in several journals including: The Bear River Review, The Broadkill Review, Appalachian Heritage, The Comstock Review, Barrow Street, Threepenny Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, storySouth, The Asheville Poetry Review, 32 Poems, Measure, Ibbetson Street Review, and The Southern Review. She is a frequent participant at the Bear River, Sewanee and Key West writing conferences.

Return to Walloon Lake                                                                                                                

Aging child, come back
            from that echoless shore where
sorrow builds its berms.

For daylight brings curled
            birch bark, the puffed pods of seeds,
and a man who holds

you as you sleep. Lay
            aside the unearned past. Flames
lick the bonfire’s logs.

Rejoice in deer tracks.
            The glacial lake will wash you
clean. Rise up. Rise up.