Arlene Naganawa’s poetry has appeared in numerous magazines, including Crab Orchard Review, Pontoon/Floating Bridge Review, Calyx, Caketrain, The Seattle Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review and others. She is a featured poet on Seattle’s Poetry on Buses and was the recipient of two Seattle Arts Commission Literary Artist Awards. She teaches humanities and creative writing in the Seattle area.
From The Scarecrow Bride
Bradner Garden, Winter
Cross of sticks, bit of thread. Someone’s
stitched a life into this scarecrow’s lacy chest.
Late March wind fills a heart, anima rises
unseen beneath the faded dress.
Visitor in the garden, I see sparrows in her shadow,
then imagine: a girl, the woman she might become,
lift of the moon, shining eyes, pulse winding up.
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