Donna Isaac

Donna Isaac is a veteran English and writing teacher and poet with English degrees from James Madison University and the University of Minnesota; her MFA is from Hamline where her 2007 capstone received the Outstanding Poetry Thesis Award. Besides her Red Bird work, she has published a chapbook, Tommy, from Red Dragonfly Press and continues to publish in literary journals, including Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, White Stag, Pisgah Review, and Hunger & Thirst. Currently, she is working on a poetry book based on growing up in the Appalachian area of the South and incorporating words from American folk music. She is proud to be the first one to publish a chapbook and broadside for Red Bird Chapbooks.

From Holy Comforter


In the middle of the reading
the tiniest nymph of an insect landed on "star clots."
I watched as it sat for awhile,
feeling the universe with its feet,
then over "cloud wisps" and across "Blue Ridge."
The Shiva in my thumb moved in to crush
the atomy, filaments thinner than italics,
but showing me the way through Wright's words,
hedged, hesitated, wrong thinking. So it meandered
awhile into the "dark" and flew off. Now I know
where memory goes, why Sunday's solitude.

* The poet mentioned is Charles Wright

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