Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Geography
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
In this poem Marcia Brown, Portland's poet laureate, remembers the most dramatic 50 minutes of her eighth-grade geography class.
Geography by Marcia Brown
In eighth grade, Matilda Savino held us in her thrall by dangling for 50 minutes of Geography one loafer precariously from her toe.Right knee crossed over her left. tiny skirt high on her thighs, she let the well-worn loafer loll back and forth, back and forth, clinging against physics to her otherwise bare and shapely foot.Mr. Perkins couldn't keep his eyes off it and forgot the names of continents, while we all sat in shocked, delicious anticipation -- waiting to record the seismic shift of one shoe dropping, then the other.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem Copyright © 2010 by Marcia Brown. Reprinted from What on Earth, Moon Pie Press, 2010. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.