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Poetry of Claire Hersom

I bowed my head, swallowed the apparition

rising out of the white and voiceless breast,
the tasty little wing, and dug in.


Claire Hersom is a native Mainer who finds endless inspiration from the love of her family. Her most recent poetry book, Drowning: A Poetic Memoir was published by Moon Pie Press of Westbrook, Maine. She has two other poetry books: The Day I Circled The Wagons, by Snow Drift Press (2006), and Supper at The Farm (2005), a collection of poems about her Irish family. Claire is a freelance writer most recently writing for Courier Publications out of Rockland, Maine. Her essays and poetry appear regularly in Wolf Moon Journal, and her poetry in various other journals. Her most recent book reviews appeared in California’s Rattle Magazine and Portland Maine’s the Cafe Review. Claire has three grown children, nine grandchildren and lives in Winthrop, Maine.

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Updated Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

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One Response to Poetry of Claire Hersom

  1. Doris Matthews February 13, 2009 at 7:32 pm #

    One of my jobs on the farm as a young girl was to help my grandfather when it was time to slaughter a few chickens for our family of 7 children, my two sets of grandparents and my mother and father. Being fleet of foot, I would chase and chase until I successfully tackled a chicken and proudly delivered it to him where he promptly slit its throat and drained the blood before dunking in the pail of hot, steaming water. Reading your poem brought the smell of that pail right back into my nose!

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