Kathleen Balma

Kathleen Balma is the author of Gallimaufry & Farrago, from Finishing Line Press, a poetry chapbook. A Fulbright fellow, she is the recipient of a Tennessee Williams scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and a fellowship from Rivendell Writers’ Colony. Her poetry has appeared in The Pushcart Prize XXXVII, Rattle, Spillway, Sugar House Review, and elsewhere. She works at New Orleans Public Library.

Sonnet after Watching Blue Planet II

Better than therapy is the spectacle of rejection in the deep.
I am no longer Abandoned Wife. I am free citizen of Planet Spectacular
whose mate followed a whim not based in my failing or his
but in a primal scent. Never mind, husband. I am now in love with cuttlefish,