Catharine Lucas


I start the wash
feed the dog
clear the phone
take in the mail



Knowing I have left you there
wanting more
is a song
writing itself in my smallest bones

Catharine Lucas, a Professor of English, emerita, at San Francisco State University, has work published or forthcoming in Cloudbank 9, Reunion Journal (Dallas Review), Women in the Arts Quarterly, Zone 3, Alembic, among others, and online in Persimmon Tree and Digital Paper. Living in Berkeley, her writing is sustained by Zen practice, a medieval singing group and a garden whose enthusiastic impermanence assures work-sweet sleep. (More at

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