Abe Louise Young

Writer, educator, and editor Abe Louise Young, Smith class of ’99, assisted Elizabeth Alexander in the first two years of the Poetry Center. She completed her M.F.A. at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James Michener Fellow. Young has published poems, essays, and reviews in many journals and anthologies. Editor of Hip Deep: Opinion, Essays, and Vision from American Teenagers, she has led writing workshops with residents of public housing and gifted high school students and has won high reviews for innovative teaching on the college level. She has also worked as an oral history consultant for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Danish-American Dialogue for Human Rights, and is Founder and Director of Alive in Truth: The New Orleans Disaster Oral History Project.




Learning to Love

Where has she been,
With her lion-red body, her wings of glass?
            -Sylvia Plath

Let the bees in.
Let them swarm and buck.
Let the bees in. Let them dive,
root in the hairpiece,
burrow in the towers of earth.
Let the bees explode from the core
of a living volcano.
Let the bees in, let them
sting and sting.
Let the telephones burn,
let them tar and ring.
Open the windows
and yank up the blinds.
Let the bees in.
Scour your skin
with loofah and bristle,
knock off the oldest cells,
and let the bees in.
Take off your armor.

Let the bees in.

Abe Louise Young's reading at Smith November 13th, 2007.
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