Headed Home

Here is the driveway, a row of dogwood.  It isn’t lovely this time of year.

The path to righteousness must be paved even before we are ready.

I am recycling a moment:  one October evening, little house, cars in the yard.

I long for someone (me, perhaps) to say absolutely.

A woman hands me a coin, presses it to my palm like a prayer.

I have been abandoned.  (—scratch that—)  I feel like I have been abandoned.

All forms of landscape are autobiographical, thank goodness.

Just so we’re clear, the darkness I’m about to show you is all mine.


–Erin Veith; from I Closed My Eyes To Tell That Story
   (Latham House Press, 2014)



Latham House Press launch reading: Poet Erin Veith, 7 July 2014

Poet Erin Veith will read from her collection I Closed My Eyes To Tell That Story on Monday, 7 July 2014, at Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library on the WV Wesleyan College campus, at 7:00pm.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase at $12.

The evening reading will also serve as the official public launch of Latham House Press. This event, part of WVWC’s MFA Summer Residency reading series, is free and open to the public.

Veith cover
(Cover design by Phil McCollam