PF detail from Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) - 1883;


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Beth Copeland grew up in Japan, India, and North Carolina, and her poems reflect a fusion between Eastern and Western themes and sensibilities. Her book Traveling Through Glass received the 1999 Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Award. Her poems have been published in various literary journals and have received awards from Atlanta Review, North American Review, The North Carolina Poetry Society, and Peregrine. Two of her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is employed as an English instructor at Methodist University.

Thumbnail Moon | Similitude


Thumbnail Moon

On the drive home
tonight, pared to the least

light of morning’s leavings,
the moon, the blue, my breath

spread so thin that nothing’s
left but this crone’s

clipped nail, this bone
white emptiness.



After seeking the lamp’s flame
and its mate in the mirror, a moth
the color of Chinese newspapers
perches on a small picture frame,

resting on that narrow ledge
for days. Finally, it dies, light
as a dried leaf, above a print
of yellow butterflies.