We sit in stone silence
while you consider your response
to the question of how long
you have felt your life was all wrong

How much of you is left
now that I have taken away your soul
leaving you thin and airy like a dead blossom
helpless in the wind

Living in the realization that being alone
is better than sitting in silence together
acceptance is all that I have
and all that I want – for now

©Daniel von der Embse

Question and answer: the first year MFA experience and application process

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The MFA Years

Image: Siebuhr

Once a month we’ll be answering any questions you have about the first year MFA experience and the application process.

Please send your questions in by October 6th. You can email us through our contact page, leave a comment below, message us on Facebook, or tweet us.

Questions will be answered by our first year contributors on this blog and through Twitter in mid to late October. Your questions can be general or tailored to a specific program.

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longing for Italia

In a few days will leave for a much needed dose of Italia. Will spend time in Tuscany and Umbria, our usual haunts; also for the first time will visit Bologna. I’ve written several poems inspired by past visits, upon ancient tiles, rain in the piazza, as when you were here, among them. I am so looking forward to this break from the every day routine, and the inspiration it provides to reflect, write, and recharge. Oh, yes, and to eat. It’s all about eating. Mangia!






I want to touch someone
and be touched in return
to feel the soft skin again
warm and good
But it is not mine now
only the memory of it
once a thing I knew
now in a place I know
is not there
but look anyway
hoping to find it
believing anything
is possible

©Daniel von der Embse

roller coaster

Words drink too much,
turn the conversation
into broken glass –
brittle, bloody

Some careless thing
gets held onto,
an act once shaken off,
becomes unforgiveable

the riding up and down
becomes too much
and we resolve there’s no use,

That’s when tears come,
feeling that unhappy together
is more bearable
than miserable apart

We have learned
how to make room
for each other
on the roller coaster,

to keep our places,
hold onto our seats,
so that we might learn
to love the ride





©Daniel von der Embse