Elena Karina Byrne, the author of three books of poetry, most recently Squander (Omnidawn 2016). Her fourth book, Phantom Limbs, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in 2021. Elena is a freelance editor, former 12-year Regional Director of the Poetry Society of America, Consultant & Moderator for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and Literary Programs Director for The Ruskin Art Club. Her publications include the Pushcart Prize XXXIII, Best American Poetry, Poetry, The Paris Review, APR, TriQuarterly, The Kenyon Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Yale Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Verse, BOMB, and is forthcoming in VOLT, Denver Quarterly, Poetry International, and PerseaBook’s: The Eloquent Poem, among others. She is completing: Voyeur Hour: Meditations on Poetry, Art & Desire.
DELIBERATE AS THINKING IS THE RAIN
Stepping off the door lintel, down onto the grass as the day closed around us, grass, rising up inside its own squared