The Affair Fragments | Carrie Bennett

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 Carrie Bennett is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow and author of biography of water (The Word Works) and several chapbooks: The Quiet Winter (Dancing Girl), Animals in Pretty Cages (Dancing Girl), and Expedition Notes (Letter [r] Press). Her second full-length collection, The Land Is a Painted Thing, was selected by Kimiko Hahn for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection and will be published in 2016. Poems from her newest poetic project, Expedition Notes, have appeared or are forthcoming in Anchor, Horse Less Review, Pangyrus, Salamander, Small Po[r]tions, and Timber. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was a Maytag Fellow. She teaches writing at Boston University and lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with her family. 



Before I knew you

I knew your home before

you lived there

before I saw

the pear tree’s

bright leaves before

they fell before my first

winter before I was

another person before

before I took

the picture

of the pear

tree’s bright

leaves against—


before I knew

there was

a before