Alumnae Poets

KT Herr '07

KT Herr
KT Herr is a queer poet, songwriter and grilled cheese enthusiast. She is poetry editor at The 3288 Review and co-producer of LUMINA's Firefly Podcast. Her poems have appeared in SWWIM, MER VOX, Pilgrimage Magazine, Poets Reading the News, and others. KT is a poetry MFA candidate and Thomas Lux Scholar at Sarah Lawrence College (2020). She is fond of whimsy and well-phrased questions.

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I thought I had exhausted all my metaphors: various prey; coins 

inserted slant, jamming vending machines; cartoon hand over cartoon 

mouth. I studied grim histories of hysterical patients, listened 

to accounts of fish who change their sex to breed. I thought I knew what all 

there is to know about glass: a viscous liquid forced to acquiesce 

to rigidity. If I could learn the posture well enough I’d know 

how to unlearn it. I practiced exhaustively. I was practicing 

today as I sat smoking. Next door three men were lowering a warped

slab of half-inch ply from the building’s distant roof. Above, one reversed

a winch, while below, another gathered slack, taming the spent plywood’s 

wild twists. A third man stood, watched the plank pirouette toward several windows, 

waited for the swinging scrap to reach the ground. You think I’m telling you 

the story of the plank; how it feels to be trussed, grappled over. But 

 

I am the third man, waiting for some purpose to come into my hands.

 

 

Reprinted with permission of SWWIM Every Day

Poetry Center Reading

Summer 2019