First Wife

First Wife, cover art by Megan Loudon Sanders

Even under the straw visors, we squint—
him cockeyed below the solid, broad sash
cinching the wide brow of his brain
to hold the dinner plate of the hat there
against the gusts of yet another sermon
and me, inside the open bell, tied down
by two ribbons and pinned to damp curls
that try to escape with each wave of the paper fan.

-- Sunday Hats, from First Wife

First Wife
by Laura Madeline Wiseman

About Laura Madeline Wiseman

Laura Madeline Wiseman has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she teaches English and creative writing. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including the full-length book Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012) the letterpress books Unclose the Door (Gold Quoin Press, 2012) and Farm Hands (Gold Quoin Press, 2012), and the chapbooks She Who Loves Her Father (Dancing Girl Press, 2012), Branding Girls (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Ghost Girl (Pudding House Publications, 2010), and My Imaginary (Dancing Girl Press, 2010). She is also the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). Her writings have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Margie, Arts & Letters, Poet Lore, and Feminist Studies. She has received honors from the Academy of American Poets and the Wurlitzer Foundation.