After the verdant thrust of summer:
scraggly brown,
the explicit vivacity of life
preparing for its inward pull.
Somehow the pink geraniums
in the flower box
have completely disappeared.
The petunias resign
to the frailty of vines stretching
towards sun’s last fingers.
I have a picture of you
in my head.
My fingers still want damp
soil with all its vitamins
and insignificant creatures
humming the miniature song
that never goes away.
The hosta’s broad leaves
bleach into corn husks
and decaying lace.
My picture curls its edges,
subsides into dull yellow
like old photos dislodged
from their little black triangles
in a broken-down family album.
Soon it will be time
for the long walk between
shadow and sleep.
The grief of a body that knows
it must succumb:
the hand of winter waiting to spread
its exquisite silence.


after Two Calla Lilies on Pink by Georgia O’Keefe

Two Calla Lilies on pink
pink that never ends
just falls like grace, like manna, like the moment
of a swollen
  berry falling to grass, this
grass that is sweet and green
beyond the hills, beyond your name or mine, can
stiff yellow rods
stand apart but know the way
I fall from your lips
in pools of delicate rain, the sound of your mouth
on my heart, this
  silk wrapped in August rain, yes
Calla Lilies pressing so
tight their breath cannot escape petals
curving only
one line, straight lines have lost
it is bending that curves in
and out so sometimes we forget where you end
and I begin.

published in the Best Love Poems of Stirring 2002


Poetry & Music Gathering

The third Sunday of the month

2:00-4:00 pm


Hannan House Cafe
4750 Woodward, Detroit, 48201
Between Warren and Forest on the East side

Sunday March 19

2-4 pm

Mary Stebbins Tate, Poet

Taller Than They Appear

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“Some of the finest poetry we've come across in a while, the images are amazing."

Stirring Magazine

The poetry of Ann Holdreith merges the mythical with the everyday. A chapter of her work is included in "Beyond the Lines", an anthology of Michigan authors published by Plainview Press. Her publishing credits also include: Wayne State University, Gravity Presses, Dixie Phoenix, Poetry Motel, Free Fall, Snakeskin, Gravity Webzine, Stirring, Aether, Friction Magazine and a 1999 Pushcart Prize Nomination. Ann teaches classes for the Detroit Writer's Voice and is a Magna Cum Laude graduate in Fine Art and Literature from the University of Detroit. She has featured at the Michigan Opera Theatre, The Detroit Festival for the Arts and Spring Fed Arts of Detroit. Her riveting performance synthesizes her background as an actress, vocalist, dancer and performance artist. Her writing, performance and teaching are dedicated to the full expression of the human spirit.