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Poems, Books and Yarn by Natalie Lobe

What I like most about poets is that they notice everything and become beautiful funnels in the world. Natalie Lobe attended a WRITERS RESIST meeting and braided that experience into a visual and sonic moment that turned into a poem. Poets have such a new persoective on every occasion, they become the world’s best custodians. - Grace Cavalieri

Poems, Books and Yarn

The shop on Maryland Avenue is a duo.

Shelves of books on one side,

shelves of yarn on the other.

Today, the shop is hostingsafety pin poets

reading protest poems. Inauguration looms in days.

The poets call for compassion, love, justice,  

denounce the bigots, the fat cats, the jingoes.


Balls of yarn stacked in pastel shades 

like giant bon-bons add color, texture to the scene.

Silent stacks of books in venerable covers

hold centuries of wisdom between front and back.

Sitting on the yarn side, I finger a ball of pink alpaca 

and wonder if the soft wool absorbs some of the rage.


Otherwise the room is electric with the voices,

white, tan, brown-skinned poets hoping for hope

unwinding like yarn balls their visions of what’s to come.

Division, despair, hypocrisy, hate—books, scarves, socks?

Natalie Lobe’s poetry collection, Connected Voices, was published in 2006, Island Time in 2008. Hercollection, Conversation with Abraham, was published in May 2012. Most recently, her poems have appeared Little, The Poets' Cookbook, California Quarterly, Calyx and Slant.  Natalie is a poet in the schools for the state of Maryland and Anne Arundel County. She teaches poetry at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and Bates Middle School in Annapolis. She reviewed for the Montserrat Review from 2008-2011.