Bingo Night for Missing and Exploited Children
by M.B. McLATCHEY
WINNER of the 2012 46er Prize
Before we went underground. Before you fell through a gyre with no sound.
If one piece were unwound. If you had run. If we had looked for you
sooner. If you had screamed. If the gods had intervened.
Nascent. Still blooming, the orchid on your window sill. A
thrill of color.
Gone. Gone. Gone. Gone. Gone. Phantom limb. If
the soul leaves the body, we did not feel it go. Nothing and everything
cloistered in stone.
Omens we left for others. Ripples on a
resting pond. The whistling of a breeze. The imprint on the ovaries.
M.B. McLATCHEY's poem “Bingo Night for Missing and Exploited Children” will appear in her debut collection of poems, titled The Lame God, which won the 2013 May Swenson Award and which is scheduled for release in the summer of 2013 by Utah State University Press. Other recent awards include the 2011 American Poet Prize from The American Poetry Journal, the Annie Finch Prize for Poetry, and the Spoon River Poetry Review’s Editors’ Prize. McLatchey’s poems and prose have been published in several literary journals including The National Poetry Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Poetry Review, The Anthology of New England Writers, Georgetown Review, and MEMOIR(and). Her poetry has also been featured as a Verse Daily favorite. She completed the M. A. in Comparative Literature at Harvard University and the MFA in Poetry at Goddard College. Currently, she is a Professor of Humanities at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. More information can be found at her website: www.corvidwriters.org/mbm