A.E. Stallings

A.E. Stallings is an American poet who has lived in Greece since 1999. She studied classics at the University of Georgia and Oxford. She has published four collections of poetry, most recently Like from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. She has published a verse translation of Lucretius’ philosophical epic, The Nature of Things, and Hesiod’s archaic almanac, Works and Days, with Penguin Classics. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim and the MacArthur Foundations.

Photo: Milos Bicanski

Events

Metaphors of Displacement Colloquium »

Identity and migration as expressed through the written word

Wed 6 March | 11:00 - 12:30 | Free / ticketed | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Poetry Centre Stage »

A double bill of poetry for Thursday evening
20:00 Reading – A.E. Stallings
21:00 Reading – John Burnside​​​​​​​

Thu 7 March | 20:00 - 22:00 | £9.75/£8.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Poem

Scissors

Are singular, and plural, un-
Canny:  one plus one is one;
 
Even in solitude, a pair,
Cheek to cheek, or on a tear,
 
Knives at cross purposes, bereaving
Cleavers to each other cleaving:
 
Open, shut; give and take,
All dichotomy in their wake.
 
What starts with sighs, concludes in “or’s”:
His or hers;  mine or yours:
 
Divvy up.  Slice clean, slice deep,
In pinked jags, or one swift sweep,
 
The crisp sheet where they met and married,
The paper where the blades are buried.

 

A.E. Stallings

Excerpted from LIKE by A.E. Stallings. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 25 September 2018. Copyright © 2018 by A.E. Stallings. All rights reserved.