Poem: Pledge

Pledge Republic, your cool hands On my schoolgirl shoulders. Not sure what allegiance meant Until the vows were held by heart, By memory, by rote, by benign betrothal. Republic, you were mine, I knew Because of Mother’s religious pamphlets: Lindsay for Mayor. McGovern for President. How to Register Voters. I didn’t ever want to go to school On Saturdays. The baby-sitter said If Nixon won, I’d have … Continue reading Poem: Pledge

About the Author

Elizabeth A. I. Powell is the author of “The Republic of Self” a New Issue First Book Prize winner, selected by C.K. Williams. Her second book “Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances” won the Robert Dana Prize in poetry, chosen by Maureen Seaton, and will be published by Anhinga Press in 2016. In 2013, she won a Pushcart Prize. Powell has also … Continue reading About the Author

Republic of Self

The Republic of Self $14.00 paper | 79 Pages ISBN: 978-1-930974-03-6 Publication Date: March 2001 Buy: Amazon.com Winner of The 2000 New Issues Poetry Prize The Republic of Self is a meditation on both the public and private American self. Elizabeth Powell’s serious yet sexy and entertaining poems attempt to reconcile the divisions, diversions, and prospects of the self as we know it. Throughout her spirited investigation … Continue reading Republic of Self