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By Eloise Klein Healy

for Sappho

Let my music be found wanting

in comparison

to yours (as it must)


let me be found loving

(as you were)

extravagantly the beautiful


let me find you

and the song (forever)

between us


in these terrible times


Notes:

The epigraph of this poem was originally omitted in the changeover to the new website. Because of this, reciting the epigraph is optional for the 2019-2020 Poetry Out Loud season.

Eloise Klein Healy, “The Lyric In A Time of War” from The Islands Project. Copyright © 2007 by Eloise Klein Healy. Reprinted by permission of Red Hen Press.

Source: The Islands Project (Red Hen Press, 2007)

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Eloise Klein Healy
Born in El Paso, Texas, Eloise Klein Healy grew up in rural Iowa. Healy has taught at California State University Northridge, where she directed the Women’s Studies Program, and at the Feminist Studio Workshop in the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. She was the founding chair of the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles, where she won the inaugural Horace Mann Award. In 2012, Healy was appointed Los Angeles’s first poet laureate by mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  She lives in California. Healy's crisp, image- and narrative-driven poems often explore community, sexuality, and the nature of home. See More By This Poet

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