Anne Marie Rooney was born & raised in New York City. She just earned her M.F.A. from Cornell, where she is now a lecturer of English. She won last year's Iowa Review Award. You can find more of her work in recent issues of Narrative and Columbia, as well as in the Best New Poets Anthology (2008).
Anne Marie Rooney
The way bravery tails out sharply like
the staunch come-on, creature of more wanting
even than me. When we met, my wanting
him was tangential to the pinch. Itís like
my mother said before she slumped in: like
it or like its petals. Even wanting
turns over. The way I opened, wanting
more even than him. And so I was like
the stinger already having scooped whole
pits. How does need, and can it really be
crossed under? This well from which oh my whole
me-ness shakes down. If hot is what heíll be
Iíll spread a honey too. Two can play bee
to that pluck. Even smarting is a hole.