Betsy Sholl

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.