BIO: Sarah Busse lives in Madison , Wisconsin with her husband and two children. She is the co-editor of the poetry magazine Verse Wisconsin. Poems have appeared most recently in Mezzo Cammin, Poet Lore, Dogwood and The Dark Horse. With her mother, she wrote a picture book published in 2006 by Houghton Mifflin.

You can also find Sarah online, posting weekly journal writing prompts, at her friend Kris Babe's blog or read two of her poems at

Quiver, Red Dragonfly Press, 2009 - $10.00 ($12.00 postage paid)
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Banjo Granny, children's picture book co-authored with Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Houghton Mifflin, 2006 - $16.00


I’m one of the first to leave when we disperse
into the cold twilight of a tattered year.
Beethoven walks beside me in the furious
arpeggiated passions of his score.
After the major resolutions, after
applause, in the hiss of cars on a rainy street
the piano still finds no satisfactory answer
for the desperate hungers of the human soul.
It growls on and upward and I don’t know
where it might lead to, except it goes
with me, and I am walking home.
I wrap my serape closer against the rain.
We are in a war that is not war:
it has no end. This is a season of fear.
Still we continue on, continue out
into the winter night.

—Sarah Busse

Originally published in Four Corners