ABOUT Helen Frost
Helen Frost is the author of Skin of a Fish, Bones of a Bird
(Ampersand Press) as well as five novels-in-poems, most
recently Crossing Stones (all Frances Foster Books / Farrar,
Straus and Giroux). She is the recipient of a National Endowment
for the Arts fellowship, and lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
as if a dry wind
by Helen Frost
ISBN: 978-1-931247-66-5 $17
“This is a book of wonderful stories. The poetry they are told in is taut, spare, and muscular, yet they go softly, in a returning movement, like completely natural things--waves, or branches, or snow on the wind, or women remembering.”
—Ursula K. LeGuin
Why Darkness Seems So Light: Young People Speak Out About Violence
Edited by Helen Frost
ISBN: 1-877603-58-9 $10
This book is a special project of the Fort Wayne,
Indiana, YWCA, and is the basis of a play
presented by Youtheatre or
Fort Wayne under the direction of Harvey Cocks.
First Deep Breath
(From as if a dry wind)
All the angels crane their necks to see
who came, who opens her eyes tonight
who takes her first deep breath of winter air.
It’s Althea. Rosy finch, singing in the tree
outside, brings the first rays of her first day’s light.
Brand new, the child is bundled with her mother in the rocking chair.
Her brother stands beside her. He touches her hair,
lets her curl her fingers round his thumb. He might
stand beside her on her last day, or she by him
on his, that hour and this one making right
of any wrongs between them. Strangers, friends, we
who stand at this periphery, see our own angers dim.
(What earthly good could come of them?)
Whose voice is that, entering this blessing, blessing me?