Poem by, Samantha Kolber

Samantha Kolber is an award-winning poet with poems in Mom Egg Review, Poem2Go, Tiny Seed Journal, Rise Up Review, Hummingbird: The Magazine of the Short Poem, Red Silk: A Red Tent Anthology, Hunger Mountain, Minerva Rising, PoemCity, and other places. Her manuscript “Jewel Tones,” was named a semifinalist in the 2019 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Prize. She received her MFA from Goddard College and completed post-grad studies at the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont, where she coordinates author events for her favorite independent bookstore, Bear Pond Books, and is the Poetry Series Editor for Rootstock Publishing. Her chapbook “Birth of a Daughter” will be published Sept. 1, 2020, with Kelsay Books.


A Catalogue of Isolations

Every day a liquid tear

I wake to drown in.

Every day a lake of fear

I swim in.

Every day a breath

my finger forgets.

Every day drips


through a humidifier.

Every day fire


with contagion.

Every day file



Every day a sadness

I can’t leave

at the door.





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