April 19 – Lisa Zimmerman

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The Wind, the Lake, the Deer

The Wind, the Lake, the Deer

What is wind? the way it spends itself
against the house, sleeps briefly
like a child in fever, then wakes afraid
and unintelligible, when it wants to be
more than a barren woman raking
the lake into fits of momentary white.

I dreamt of scarves in turquoise and fuchsia
that said here, here is joy in focus,
and wakened later to you
coming inside from the morning's blue chill
to say that deer ate the red tulips
in the dark while we slept.  

First published in Many Mountains Moving 


Rollo was born with a bunch of siblings in Nebraska but he loves living in Colorado with his adoptive parents. Lisa takes him off leash where he gets to chase a ball, smell everything everywhere and meet other dogs. He howls whenever an ambulance goes by. His howl is a kind of elegy.



Lisa Zimmerman’s poetry collections include How the Garden Looks from Here (Violet Reed Haas Poetry Award winner) The Light at the Edge of Everything (Anhinga Press) and Sainted (Main Street Rag). Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Redbook, The Sun, SWWIM Every Day, Cave Wall, Poet Lore, Vox Populi, Cultural Daily, and many other journals. Her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net, five times for the Pushcart Prize, and included in the 2020 Best Small Fictions anthology. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Northern Colorado.

Don’t forget to read the Spring 2024 Issue of Gyroscope Review.

NPM 2024 Poets

April 1 – Cal Freeman

April 2 – Susanna Lang

April 3 – Marion Brown

April 4 – Melissa Huff

April 5 – Elaine Sorrentino

April 6 – Alison Stone

April 7 – Alexandra Fössinger

April 8 – Laurie Kuntz

April 9 – Dick Westheimer

April 10 – Wendy McVicker

April 11 – J.I. Kleinberg

April 12 – Ellen Austin-Li

April 13 – D. Dina Friedman

April 14 – Connie Post

April 15 – Georgina Key

April 16 – Judith McKenzie

April 17 – Jacqueline Jules

April 18 – Amanda Hayden

April 19 – Lisa Zimmerman