Julia Singer

We fill the house with birds.
Turn shadows whole.
Wear them like skin.

Life, in abandon, is a beautiful mess.
No picking up.
No putting back.

The emptiness the sun finds--
we climb into,
make it our bed.

Julia Klatt Singer is the poet in residence at Grace Neighborhood Nursery School and a rostered artist for Compas. She is co-author of Twelve Branches: Stories from St. Paul, (Coffee House Press), and author of three books of poetry; In the Dreamed of Places, (Naissance Press), A Tangle Path to Heaven, and Untranslatable, (North Star Press). She has co-written two dozen songs with composers Tim Takach and Jocelyn Hagen. Ms. Singer’s son likes to describe her as a long-haired, sweater-wearing poet and thief.