Dede Wilson


Ode to the Eraser

Here’s my praise
for all the ways you
clean the page

change the date      obliterate
the marks we make that
we misgauge

you      hard-pressed      give your own skin
a sacrifice to
slip or spiel

and take it on the
chin      again


Dede Wilson‘s seven poetry collections include Glass (finalist, Persephone Press Award); Sea of Small Fears (winner, Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition); One Nightstand; Eliza: The New Orleans Years; and Mrs. H. and Her Tooty-Falooty Ways, all from Main Street Rag; Near Waking (Finishing Line Press); and Under the Music of Blue (FutureCycle Press). Her work has been published in Beloit Poetry Journal, Spoon River, Carolina Quarterly, Painted Bride Quarterly, Tar River, Southern Poetry Review, Tampa Review, Cream City Review, The Lyric, Poet Lore, and many other journals.