Poem Published in U.S. 1 Summer Fiction Issue

I’m so pleased that my poem Running Wild appeared in the July, 2014, U.S. 1 Summer Fiction Issue. Please scroll down to page 33:


Or, you can visit this link, but the Stanley Kunitz quote that prefaces the poem is neither italicized or indented, both of which it should be:



Just tried to enter the screenshot I captured, but it won’t paste here. So here’s the poem (with its credit) as it appeared in my reproduction of its format:

From: JULY 23, 2014 / U.S. 1 33 / (U.S. 1 Summer Fiction Issue)

Running Wild

     The great clock of your life
    is slowing down,
    and the small clocks run wild.
            —Stanley Kunitz

I am running again through the woods next to
my childhood yard, my small legs dodging fallen
branches, thick brambles, maybe even poison ivy,
as I gallop through some summer’s sticky heat.

I am running like our small beagle Berry,
named for wild blackberries, who dashed
headlong into a tree upon our return from
a treeless, sun-blind shore—and lived.

I am running wild although it’s darker now
here in this new time zone where the hours
grow hallow beneath the mirror of the moon—
a moon inching further from the Earth each year.

A great clock ticks on the horizon, but small clocks
pulse within me, giddy with urgency, as I dodge
trees and leap streams, trusting my feet to find
firm ground beneath the flickering stars.

— Penny Harter
[copyright (c) 2014, Penny Harter. ]
Penny Harter is published widely in journals and anthologies. Recent books include The Resonance Around Us (2013); the prizewinning One Bowl (e-chapbook, 2012); Recycling Starlight (2010); and The Night Marsh (2008). She was a featured reader at the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival, and has won three fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts; the Mary Carolyn Davies Award from the PSA; and a January, 2011, fellowship from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She works for the NJSCA as a visiting poet in the schools.




About penhart

I am a poet and writer, published widely in journals and anthologies, and my literary autobiography appears as an extended essay in "Contemporary Authors." My poems have recently appeared in "Rattle" ,"Tiferet," and "U.S. 1 Worksheets". Work has also appeared in "The Valparaiso Poetry Review," and "Umbrella." Recent books include 'One Bowl" (2012); "Recycling Starlight" (2010); and "The Night Marsh" (2008).. Earlier collections include "Along River Road"; "Lizard Light: Poems From the Earth"; and "Buried in the Sky." My illustrated alphabestiary for children, "The Beastie Book," was published in the December, 2009, by Shenanigan Books. I have won three poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, as well as awards from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Mary Carolyn Davies Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the first William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award for my work in the anthology "American Nature Writing 2002." I was invited to be a "featured poet" and read at the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival, and was awarded a residency / fellowship for January, 2011, at VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts." I live in the South Jersey shore area, and work as a visiting poet in the schools through programs sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and various other agencies. I'm still fairly new at blogging and hope to add more graphics, etc., as I learn more.
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One Response to Poem Published in U.S. 1 Summer Fiction Issue

  1. Bill Waters says:

    Your poem is my favorite from this year’s US1 SFI. :- )
    –Bill Waters, Pennington, NJ

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