Donna Isaac

Donna Isaac, a retired English/writing professor, is proud to be Red Bird's first published writer with her chapbook Holy Comforter and a broadside "Bathing." She has published one other poetry chapbook, Tommy (Red Dragonfly Press) and has most recently been published by St. Paul Almanac, Pine Mountain Sand & GravelPlein Air, and Martin Lake Anthology. Pocahontas Press will soon publish her first book of poetry, Footfalls. She currently works with Cracked Walnut and the League of Minnesota Poets and lives on a pond with her husband Matt. (

From Holy Comforter


In the middle of the reading
the tiniest nymph of an insect landed on "star clots."
I watched as it sat for awhile,
feeling the universe with its feet,
then over "cloud wisps" and across "Blue Ridge."
The Shiva in my thumb moved in to crush
the atomy, filaments thinner than italics,
but showing me the way through Wright's words,
hedged, hesitated, wrong thinking. So it meandered
awhile into the "dark" and flew off. Now I know
where memory goes, why Sunday's solitude.

* The poet mentioned is Charles Wright

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