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 chapbook Skurtu, Romania, the full poetry collection The Amoeba Game, and the upcoming collection Faith Farm. A two-time Fulbright grantee and recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, the Marcia Keach Poetry Prize, and two Academy of American Poets prizes, she is the founder of International Poetry Circle and a former steering committee member of Writers for Democratic Action. Tara is based in Brooklyn, where she is a writing coach for clients worldwide.



photo credit: Spencer Ostrander