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Victoria Sullivan is both a poet and a playwright, as well as co-host of a local radio show on WDST 100.1 FM (“The Woodstock Roundtable, of which she is the “poet laureate”). Her published chapbooks include: The Divided Bed, Alzheimer Dreams, Eating Figs at Twilight, and When I wasn’t Looking. (of which critic and poet Leslie Gerber wrote: “her finest poetry, which is vivid, expressive, reinforced with strong imagery”).Poet Justin Spring said of her work, “We need more witnesses like Victoria Sullivan : poets courageous enough to get it right regardless of the cost.” Sullivan has been published in numerous journals, including Pothooks & Hangers, Artist and Influence, Home Planet News, Poetry in Performance, Up the River, Northeast Corridor. and Wild Flowers, as well as in several anthologies.She is a member of the Prison Writing Committee of PEN America and teaches literature in the Lifetime Learning Institute at Bard College. She has had Equity productions of 8 of her plays.

 

 

Where We Are

It has fallen down
upon us: thunder
and despair. we know
not where to run, nor
why, and we don’t
actually care. We
just feel this pain in our gut,
like acid rain.
You feel it too, a sort of
nagging darkness
just outside your view.

It’s something called
fear, I think, and it
lives down by the swamp,
right there where
animals wither
and die. It’s a bad place
where the hopeless ones
wander about with cries
of rage. They say
they had to wait too long,
their anger turned to hate.
They say they didn’t mean
to make him the king.
They just were tired of
the slow decay of their
little scrawny towns,
and watching their children
go crazy on meth.
That sort of thing.

They say next time they’ll
march another way. And
we say, thanks a lot.
But right now we are drowning
in the new muck, which looks
pretty much like the old muck,
only this time it has a snout.

—VICTORIA SULLIVAN

Victoria Sullivan

Victoria Sullivan is both a poet and a playwright, as well as co-host of a local radio show on WDST 100.1 FM (“The Woodstock Roundtable, of which she is the “poet laureate”). Her published chapbooks include: The Divided Bed, Alzheimer Dreams, Eating Figs at Twilight, and When I wasn’t Looking. Photo: Lynne Stone.

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