SWWIM publishes, celebrates, & promotes women, women-identifying & Femme-presenting writers through a Miami-based reading series & the online poetry journal SWWIM Every Day.

Piece of Work

The night is almost too quiet.

His snore is the exhaust of a semi

roaring down the two-lane. The dog


at her water bowl is a summer lake

lapping the silt beach. And the woman

—big glasses, denim jeans, hair


pulled back with a scarf—holds

a yellow pencil in her teeth.

The woman is the poem.

Diane K. Martin has published work in SWWIM Every Day, American Poetry Review, Field, Kenyon Review, Tin House, Plume, and many other print and online journals. Her poems have been included in Best New Poets and have received a Pushcart Special Mention. Her first collection, Conjugated Visits, a National Poetry Series finalist, was published in 2010 by Dream Horse Press. Her second book, Hue & Cry, is forthcoming from MadHat Press in September, 2019.

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