Maryann Corbett

Maryann Corbett lives in Saint Paul and spent thirty-five years working for the Minnesota Legislature. She’s the author of five books of poetry, most recently In Code. Her work appears in journals on both sides of the Atlantic and in anthologies including The Best American Poetry 2018. New work appears in LIGHT, Mezzo Cammin, Modern Age, and the Raintown Review and is forthcoming in SWWIMM Every Day and THINK.


Asphalt, bituminous, concrete, cement—
the whole place is case-hardened, carapaced.
The air shimmers with heat; tree roots can’t breathe. . .

Granite Countertop

Old stone, broken to domesticity,
I bend above you, slicing the dull bread
of days, while you are stuff of monuments,
matter of altars and memorials