There is no way out of this Music opens your soul you cry and ask why have I waited so long for this? The mouse mangled in the dryer motor slowed me down the smell of death The printer that stopped dead mid-page of a poem its replacement a maze of fractured prose The phone box down the road filled with water and rot ‒ inarticulate with static in the pandemic I spoke to no one except to shout deaf to friendship in the dying The man in the living room beloved, slipping away, said "This is the sickest I've been in my life" I held his hand, his hand warm and squeezing back He knew
Martha Deed’s poetry collections, Climate Change (2014) and Under the Rock (2019) were both published by FootHills Publishing. Seven chapbooks, including 65 X 65 (smallchapbookproject, 2006) and We Should Have Seen This Coming (Locofo Chaps, 2017). Individual poems in Shampoo, Moria, Gypsy, CLWN, Earth’s Daughters, New Verse News and many others. Chasing Whitman, her research on her family’s connections with Walt Whitman is featured in Huntington Historical Society’s Whitman Bicentennial Exhibit catalog of the same title, 2019.