a+bend press


Brenda Hillman
The Firecage
42 pages


Red Shift

At the edge
of sense you

sense the pause
that shifts, you

push on it
to stop it

more, you've enchanted
the torturer with

your short songs
sounding like to

shorten time is
what songs are for

Brenda Hillman’s poetry collections include Loose Sugar (Wesleyan, 1997) and A Geology (Wesleyan, forthcoming). She has edited an edition of Emily Dickinson’s poetry (Shambhala Publications, 1995), and has co-edited, with Patricia Dientsfrey, New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (forthcoming). Hillman serves on the faculties of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA; Squaw Valley Community of Writers; and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Among the awards she has received are Fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation.