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She’s a Jolly Gugg-Fellow — Congratulations go out to local artist Beverly Fishman, head of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s painting department, who is one of 186 artists selected from a group of 3,000 applicants — artists, scientists and scholars — recently awarded a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship. The funding will support Fishman’s cost of materials and travel during the year. With a spring show at Michael Steinberg Fine Art in New York City, an upcoming exhibition in Berlin, a show at Lemberg Gallery in Ferndale later this year and another stint in New York City in the works, Fishman is keeping herself pretty busy, committed to the painting she’s been doing for years. “My ongoing focus remains to be the body, science and technology.”

American Life in Poetry

by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate

A poem need not go on at great length to accomplish the work of conveying something meaningful to its readers. In the following poem by the late Marnie Walsh, just a few words, written as if they’d been recorded in exactly the manner in which they’d been spoken, tell us not only about the missing woman in the red high heels, but a little something about the speaker as well.

Bessie Dreaming Bear

Rosebud, So. Dak., 1960

we all went to town one day

went to a store

bought you new shoes

red high heels

ain’t seen you since.


Reprinted from “A Taste of the Knife,” Ahsahta Press, 1976, by permission of Tom Trusky, literary executor of the Walsh estate. This weekly column is supported by The Poetry Foundation, The Library of Congress and the Department of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. This column does not accept unsolicited poetry.

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