Skip to content

Log Out



AudioRead by the author. 


His doctrine on heads, renowned.
His research on pain, advanced.
A yearning for purity drives his surgeries.
Doctor, I am at sea,
alone since my husband died.
I listened to years of sawing,
years of “almost there.”
After his care, I’ll reach land.
On my prow, the dove;
from my brow, every animal paired.



Joan Houlihan is the author of six poetry collections, including Shadow-feast and the forthcoming It Isn’t a Ghost If It Lives in Your Chest (both from Four Way), and founder of the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference.




Image depends on its subscribers and supporters. Join the conversation and make a contribution today.

+ Click here to make a donation.

+ Click here to subscribe to Image.

The Image archive is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Receive ImageUpdate, our free weekly newsletter featuring the best from Image and the world of arts & faith

* indicates required