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…


How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.


Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.


The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.


Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.


Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses


Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.



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