Rosemary Klein



Spring and the glassy
water of the circular

pond records the narcissistic
tale of the Tidal Basin.

Over the heads of the bicyclers,
tourists, birdwatchers,

each tiny bud is
tightly furled like the

mannered worlds of the
individual bourgeoisie.

Suddenly, each tree
opens, a pocketful

of small change.

Rosemary Klein is the founding editor of Three Conditions Press, former editor of the Maryland Poetry Review, and executive director of the Maryland State Poetry & Literary Society. She is the author of a chapbook, The Absolute Heart (New Spirit Press, 1996). Her poems have been published in the Antietam Review, Descant, Manhattan Review, and Puerto del Sol, as well as the anthologies Intimate Kisses: The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure (New World Library, 2003), and Prayers to Protest (Pudding House, 1998). Currently, she is editor for the Division of General Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where her publications include articles in Surgical Innovations and the Vicon Standard.


Published in Volume 7, Number 3, Summer 2006.


To read more by this author:
Rosemary Klein: The Whitman Issue
Rosemary Klein: Museum Issue