Erica Funkhouser

  • Wedding Ghazal

    Wedding Ghazal

    Marriage is the one Walden not fixed on any map. City, lake, wilderness, star: not caught on any map. Walled garden, golden ring, a…

  • The Pianist Upstairs

    The world's at war and he breaks into Brahms.tonight--an intermezzo one might lull a child or coax to life numb.nerves after a round of…

  • Journey

    In need of a journey, I traveled all the way from the rose. to the potato. and kept going. The mud was unbearable, the wind a knife. Not one…

  • First Pantoum of Summer

    One sleep depletes, another fills the well. Our night's companion shapes the coming day. My bed this morning grew drafty as a cell. When you…

  • Passage

    The hole sheared out of the roseleaf. by the leaf-cutting bee, the jagged track above the grass. as the insect finds its rhythm, dizzily…

  • To the Animal in the Hole

    Hear Erica Funkhouser read this poem (in RealAudio). I've come back a few times, seen you hurrying away. and, once, seen your eyes, the…

  • Woodcock

    Hear Erica Funkhouser read this poem (in RealAudio). If you must possess something, own it as she does her scrubby acre, her seasonal work, the…

  • India Cotton Shirt

    Hear Erica Funkhouser read this poem (in RealAudio). She saw it in a secondhand shop, another woman's shirt given away. in a fury of…

  • The Accident

    Hear Erica Funkhouser read this poem (in RealAudio). She heard the nasty scraping of sole and heel. against the clipped turf of the doormat; then…

  • Owl Pellet

    Hear Erica Funkhouser read this poem (in RealAudio). I was crossing the field—that is all— longing for nothing more than a color, when I…


The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"


This Japanese Inn Has Been Open For 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.


What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.


Is Minneapolis the Best City in America?

No other place mixes affordability, opportunity, and wealth so well.



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