Ugly Duckling Presse

Novelty Act
Novelty Act

Maureen Thorson

Poetry $5
Out of Print"We are as we are with trunks and branches dragged under our bodies."

Excerpt

The Concealments

Though we are leftovers, though we are
tableland, humid and low—
we are as we are

with trunks and branches
dragged under our bodies.
We are a species of growth,

manhandled skins we have
herded all over the planet.
And the door that leads inside it is ours.

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About the Author

Maureen Thorson

Maureen Thorson is a poet, publisher, and book designer living in Washington, D.C. She is the author of a number of chapbooks, including Twenty Questions for the Drunken Sailor (2009), Mayport (2006), which won the Poetry Society of America's National Chapbook Fellowship, and Novelty Act (Ugly Duckling Presse 2004). Her poems can be found in many anthologies and journals, including the forthcoming Yale Anthology of Younger American Poets, Exquisite Corpse, Hotel Amerika, LIT, The Hat, and 6x6. Maureen is the publisher and editor of Big Game Books, a small press dedicated to emerging poets. She is also the co-curator of the In Your Ear reading series at the DC Arts Center and the founder of NaPoWriMo, an annual project in which poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.