Tina Schumann

Tina Schumann is the author of three poetry collections, As If (Parlor City Press, 2010), which was awarded the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize, Requiem: A Patrimony of Fugues (Diode Editions, 2017), which won the 2016 Diode Editions chapbook competition, and Praising the Paradox (Red Hen Press, 2019). Her work was a finalist in the National Poetry Series, Four Way Books Intro Prize and the New Issues Prize. She is the recipient of the 2009 American Poet Prize from The American Poetry Journal and a Pushcart nominee. Her poems have appeared widely in publications and anthologies since 1999 including The American Journal of Poetry, Ascent, Cimarron Review, Crab Creek Review, Midwest Quarterly, Nimrod, Palabra, Parabola, Poemeleon, Poetry International, Terrian.org, and the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. Read more about Tina at www.tinaschumann.com



Evehas quotedlast year
That lets me down.

When the house seems unknown,

the body next to me unreachable.

Some sinister recess has commenced

and I must wait it out. Row my boat

hard against the arcing tide, keep my head,

pay the sandman twice. Welcome the nightly

oblivion that sees me through those no-good hours

between two and four when every failure rushes in—

every folly confirmed.

Big questions slated on the bathroom wall.

Harassing every dust mote for answers; what have I done?

Or worse, what haven’t I?

This stupor could have no future.

I am as flat and dumb as the kitchen floor.

As heedless as the doors.

As silent as the spoons


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