Susan Tepper – New Grass

Susan Tepper is the author of eight published books of fiction and poetry. Her most recent book just out in June is a road novel titled “What Drives Men.” It was shortlisted at American Book Fest Best Book Awards. Other honors and awards include eighteen Pushcart Nominations, a Pulitzer Prize Nomination for the novel “What May Have Been” (Cervena Barva Press, and currently being adapted for the stage), NPR’s Selected Shorts Series, Second Place Winner in Story/South Million Writers Award, Best Story of 17 Years of Vestal Review, Shortlisted 7th in the Zoetrope Novel Contest (2003), Best of the Net and more. Tepper is a native New Yorker.

New Grass

From a faraway place
you come to deliver
arriving too late—
was it headwinds or
plain indifference that—
Now a new grass
pale and fine
baby hair
covers the dirt
spinning the ground—
The eulogy’s death in numbers.
You jam your fingers
in your ears.
Don’t leave yet
because you will miss its
soaring cackle.
Again when it happens.




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