Maryann Corbett

Maryann Corbett lives in Saint Paul and spent thirty-five years working for the Minnesota Legislature. She’s the author of four books of poetry, most recently Street View. A fifth book, In Code, is due out in 2020. Her work appears in journals including the Dark Horse, Literary Matters, and Literary Imagination, and in anthologies including The Best American Poetry 2018.

Nonstandard Sonnets

I enjoy Jenna Le’s sonnet “Byerly’s — Fine Foods — 24 Hours” not only because I know the grocery store she writes about, but because the poem breaks out of the standard sonnet pattern in two directions at once.

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