Issue No. 10, Autumn 2014

Sarah Sadie

Where knots of water lilies dangle
and watergrass and willow mingle

burble of carp an ancient laughter
up from the muck of the noontime shadows

this the riddle stuck in my throat
to worry the tangle of bed and heart

what do you think the woman finds
who dares the deep where moonlight bends?

what do you think that woman discovers
who sets down her shields where the water shivers?

as wild and green as Grendel’s sister
the shadows at noon, the dark still water

Sarah Sadie blogs the intersections of theology and poetry at Sermons from the Mound, on the pagan channel at An editor ( as well as writer, her poems appear in places such as Midwestern Gothic, Literary Bohemian and Literary Mama, to name a few. Her poetry has received the Wisconsin Fellowship Of Poets’ Chapbook Prize, the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Lorine Niedecker and Posner Prizes, and a Pushcart Prize. Her first full-length collection, Somewhere Piano, was published in 2012 by Mayapple Press, and she has two chapbooks: Quiver (2009, Red Dragonfly Press) and Given These Magics, (2010, Finishing Line Press). She is currently one of two Poets Laureate (2012-2016) of Madison, where she lives with her husband and two children. Her life consists mostly of kids, gods and poems, not necessarily in that order.