Tara Skurtu

June 27, 2018 Skurtu Tara



Salt and sour bait
in the wind, night-
crawlers pulsing
in a styrofoam cup.

I untangle one
and bait it. The hooked
worm loops around
and around itself.

I bring you bass
strung by their mouths
like a bundle of shiny
peppers, eyes like
maps of a lake.


Tara Skurtu is the author of The Amoeba Game and the upcoming poetry collection Faith Farm. A two-time Fulbright grantee and recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship and two Academy of American Poets prizes, she is the founder of International Poetry Circle, a national steering committee member of Writers for Democratic Action, and works as a writing coach. Tara’s recent poems appear in SalmagundiThe CommonThe Baffler, and Poetry Wales.