Karla Linn Merrifield: The Mathematics of Autumn

In Contest, Finalists - 2011, Poetry on November 18, 2011 at 3:46 am


Karla Linn Merrifield resides in Kent, NY, and winters in North Fort Myers, FL. A recent “Best of the Net” nominee, five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and National Park Artist-in-Residence, Karla Linn Merrifield has had poetry published in dozens of magazines and anthologies. Her word appeared most recently in The Prose Poem Project, miller’s pond and qaartsilini (text + audio). She has six books to her credit, including Godwit: Poems of Canada, which received the 2009 Andrew Eiseman Writers Award for Poetry and her new chapbook – The Urn (Finishing Line Press). Forthcoming is her full-length collection Athabaskan Fractal and Other Poems of the Far North (Salmon Press), and The Ice Decides: Poems of Antarctica. Currently she is editing an anthology with poet Dwain Wilder titled Liberty’s Vigil, The Occupy Anthology: 99 Poets among the 99% (FootHills Publishing, due Jan 2012). She was founding poetry editor of Sea Stories and is now book reviewer and assistant editor for The Centrifugal Eye. She teaches at Writers & Books, Rochester, NY. You can read more about her and sample her poems and photographs at her blog.

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Know the Poet:

GSLR: Favorite poet(s) –
William Heyen, Campbell McGrath and Wanda Schubmehl.

GSLR: The last book of poetry you enjoyed –
Wanda Schubmehl’s Schroedinger’s Cat

GSLR: Themes you usually write about –
My faorite theme is a tie recently: natural history (always!) and my deceased brother

GSLR: Two poems you enjoyed reading in GSLR –
MJ Iuppa’s “Commitment” and “Humoring Warhol”


The Mathematics of Autumn – Karla Linn Merrifield

Even zero is more
than what’s left now: bare trees.
Zero gravity is more
than what’s left now: bare.
Zero mass is more
than what’s left now.
Zero wind force is more
than what’s left.
Zero tolerance is more
than what’s—?
Zero. Zero is more


Karla Linn Merrifield’s The Mathematics of Autumn is the Golden Sparrow Poetry Prize 2011 Finalist.


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