Speaking of Katie (Schmid) Henson…
She recently won the University of Wyoming’s Outstanding Thesis Award. It’s the highest honor for graduate students in research. Congrats, Katie! It’s great news!
You can find some of her thesis in the current issue of quarterly west. Check it out, everyone.
An excerpt from “Daughter Psalms”:
Sisters, it’s true: our father has brokenheart
-ed us. We know the omens: the Blue Bird Motel,
our father sleeping in the middle
of the day. His abandoned body, his blister of a father body.
Let us not love a man who forgets himself so, who abandons
his body in sleep and sleeps with such hungriness.
Maybe he never thought to be a father:
his motorcycles, his reckless
burning as a boy, those tattoos. But we love him
It’s so lovely.