Susan Meyers's collection Keep and Give Away (University of South Carolina Press, 2006) received the SC Poetry Book Prize, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Book Award for Poetry, and the Brockman-Campbell Book Award. Her work has also appeared in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, and Verse Daily. She lives in the rural community of Givhans, South Carolina.
Nothing else in the swamp rises beyond the surprise of you and your sweet repetition. Your boldness I'd expect of the cottonmouth sunning by the bald cypress, your plenitude matched only by last year's tent caterpillars, whose droppings, when they fell, ticked a steady shower. And what of the music in your name, hiding your poison? You are danger, deep-throated cup lipping the stippled light, brightening the leaf mold. Dear red-stained lily. Rain lily. Zephyr lily. Dear fairy lily. Wild Easter lily. My dear, dear stagger grass.