|Autumn Sky Poetry - Number 1|
|Dear Mrs. Browne
I am nine years old.
Thank you for helping me,
This letter is mailed to you by me.
I do my homework on Tuesdays.
Please do not tell the Sisters
The man who comes with rice
He says my cut reminds him of mother,
The new year begins in March here.
Smith Browne (occasionally called Stephanie, for reasons known only to her passport) was born in Jamaica, raised in the U.S., and lives now in England with her husband and son. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and is completing her doctoral dissertation at Princeton on gothic, savage, and cannibal imagery in 18th-century British travel literature. Formerly an instructor in English for the City University of New York, she currently reviews film and literature for venues such as The Times and BBC Radio.
© 2006 Smith Browne