Nancy Devine

Nancy Devine lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where she taught high school English for over 25 years.  Her poetry, short fiction and essays have appeared in online and print journals. She is the author of a chapbook of poems, “The Dreamed,”  published by Finishing Line Press in 2016.  “Dogma,” her latest chapbook of poems, is forthcoming from FLP.


Lost and Found


My mother’s voice has retracted

its feet,

floating already somewhere.


I would be lying

if I told you

I heard this long ago

in the hill town

where I grew up,

the lifting, the utter lifting.


But one afternoon,

when I was a kid,

I went

from one house to another,

visiting friends,

into a valley and back.

My mother found me

standing on a curb

a block from where we lived.


I felt

as bad as oil,

as grit,

that I had made her worry so,

because she couldn’t place me

soon enough.


Now I cannot situate

my mother in decline,

because it is up and airy

and somewhat like flight.

All the reaching in the world

or just beyond it, ineffective

and awkward, yet

I try to find

some way,

some way back.