in class, in college,
Survey of English Literature, Part 2,
(third floor, high noon—
when upon hearing
Keats’ Romantic poem, “Bright Star”
for the first time and hearing it
in Larry Dunham’s resounding bass,
spontaneous tears ran
down my youthful red cheeks.
It could have been yesterday,
but it wasn’t.
Helen Losse is a Winston-Salem poet, the author of two full length books, Seriously Dangerous (Main Street Rag, 2011) and Better With Friends (Rank Stranger Press, 2009) and two chapbooks, Gathering the Broken Pieces and Paper Snowflakes. Her recent poetry publications and acceptances include Main Street Rag, Iodine Poetry Review, Blue Fifth Review, The Pedestal Magazine, ken*again, Referential, and Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont. Helen’s poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and twice for a Best of the Net award, one of which was a finalist. She is the Poetry Editor for online literary magazine The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.