//“Your Heart is a Map,” by Tasha Cotter

“Your Heart is a Map,” by Tasha Cotter

Your Heart is a Map

by Tasha Cotter

Sometimes when I read what people write

about the heart I feel I’ve traveled

the same country, took notes from the same

shores and church yards. I remember

everything, too: The mountains we saw,

the waves we swam in. Your heart is a map

to our faded territory

and that landscape loves a region

more than it should. Life can take the rest.

You remind me of what’s not here.

The strongest thing. I watch the trees

unlock themselves from the splintered ground.

I close my eyes, and am submerged in sound.

The storm will take what’s left of the house.

You know what to do. The air is whistling

its warning. Your heart is a map.

By |2017-11-30T15:25:32+00:00November 30th, 2017|Southern Voices|1 Comment

About the Author:

Tasha Cotter
Tasha Cotter is the author of the poetry collection Some Churches (Gold Wake Press, 2013) and the chapbooks That Bird Your Heart (Finishing Line Press, 2013) and Girl in the Cave (Tree Light Books, 2016). Winner of the 2015 Delphi Poetry Series, her work has appeared in journals such as Contrary Magazine, NANO fiction, and Booth. In 2015 she was named runner-up in the Carnegie Center's Next Great Writer contest. A contributor to Women in Clothes (Blue Rider Press, 2014), The Poets on Growth Anthology (Math Paper Press, 2015), and the 2017 Poet's Market (Writer's Digest Books), she makes her home in Lexington, Kentucky where she works in higher education.

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  1. Shaun June 29, 2018 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Silence. That gorgeous feeling just before a storm, the sublime anticipation…knowing and not knowing. “You remind me of what’s not here” – I could live in this line, fill my journal with her possibilities. Adore your Silence.

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