Laura-Gray Street



Anchor point threaded to

a frame point, then a bridge.


Frame joined, now spokes

for pivoting through sticky


spiral to centering hub.

Then the wait for something


to land, relinquish. So fine

is your radius of cross-


stitched glue, each night’s

hunting wears it threadbare;


each morning you must

swallow the dregs. Yes,


of what you’ve produced.

You feed on your own


shopworn paths. The taste

is bitter and tangled but


placental rich, and you

keep that first bridge


line intact, a wisp of

syntax suspended—


nascent embroidery

to scaffold, fix


onto the moment

something in it






Laura-Gray Street is author of Pigment and Fume (Salmon Poetry) and co-editor with Ann Fisher-Wirth of The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity UP). Her work has appeared in Yellow Chair Review, The Colorado Review, Poecology, Poet Lore,, and elsewhere. Street holds an MA from UVA and MFA from Warren Wilson. She is associate professor of English and directs the Creative Writing Program at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA. More at