Luminescence

Annie Whitehouse

pink perigee moon of August
scent of wild rose and honeysuckle

where fireflies dance in the grass 
and frogs croak in the swamp

swallows are flying to roost
barn owls are flying to hunt

bluefish and stripers run in the floodtide 
churning the surface of the sea 

comb jellies bob in the currents
their tiny combs refracting moonlight

underwater rainbows 
shimmering in liquid darkness





Anne Whitehouse is the author of six poetry collections and a novel, Fall Love. Recent honors include 2018 Prize Americana for Prose, 2017 Adelaide Literary Award in Fiction, 2016 Songs of Eretz Poetry Prize, 2016 Common Good Books’ Poems of Gratitude Contest, 2016 RhymeOn! Poetry Prize, 2016 F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Poetry Prize. She lives in New York City.


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