a+bend press


Patricia Dienstfrey
Love and Illustration
45 pages


Beginning with dust and the footprint
of an elevation, the nave and transepts--

a procession along an interior courtyard--

Borne home in snow, bundled up
under an archway of bare branches and light
             breaking on icicles--

Over the doors along the street wreaths
      of holly and pine boughs.


Patricia Dienstfrey was born in Montreal and currently lives in Berkeley. Her most recent book of prose poetry is The Woman Without Experiences (Kelsey Street, 1995), winner of the America Award for Fiction. Selected work appears in Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women, edited by Mary Margaret Sloan (Talisman House, 1997). Dienstfrey is a co-founder of Kelsey Street Press, publishers of non-mainstream short fiction and poetry by women for more than 25 years.