isthmus on our dates he’d take a pack of cookies, a roast chicken, and me down to the lakefront where stairs empty to saltwater, hand me a wing or two, and lick the rest from his knuckles, point a greasy finger down the coast. a quarter mile away on Pontchartrain’s lip, the isthmus, maw of foaming gulf. moon up, moon down : tide in, tide out Mexico yawning … [Read more...]
About Irène Mathieu
Irène Mathieu is a pediatrician, writer, and public health researcher. She is author of the book orogeny (Trembling Pillow Press, 2017), which won the Bob Kaufman Book Prize, and poetry chapbook the galaxy of origins (dancing girl press & studio, 2014). She also has received the Yemassee Journal Poetry Prize, Honorable Mention and Editor's Choice awards in the Sandy Crimmins National Poetry contest, and runner-up in the Cave Canem/Northwestern Book Prize. Irène has been a fellow of the Fulbright Program and the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. A poetry book reviewer for Muzzle Magazine and an editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine's humanities section, she is represented by Jack Jones Literary Arts.