Poet Laureate of Maine (2006-2011) and winner of The Maine Literary Award for Poetry (2015)
excerpt from “Philomela"
What is a story but a nest, and what is a nest.
but a vessel made for breakage and flight?
Those girls were not made for the story
they had to tell. But tell it they did.
Out of such troubled bodies, a shattered song,
out of the thicket, pouring forth.
from House of Sparrows: New and Selected Poems by Betsy Sholl (University of Wisconsin Press)