Following a 12-year career as an actor on the New York stage, Carol Hebald enrolled as a freshman at the City College of CUNY, where she studied full time as an English Major. She received her B.A. in 1969: Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, with high honors in English. Subsequently granted a Teaching and Writing Fellowship in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she received an MFA in 1971. She is the author of the memoir, The Heart Too Long Suppressed (Northeastern University Press, 2001), a novella collection, Three Blind Mice (Unicorn Press, 1989), and more recently, two poetry collections from March Street Press: Spinster by the Sea (2005) and Little Monologs (2004). Links to reviews of, and excerpts from her books are on her Website: www.CarolHebald.com.
With so much too much night to bear
let beauty bow open your mouth.
Called on to speak, keep silent.
This bright wilderness the birds know.
In the blue wind, on this hill
all is distance and no breath.
Only the cold scream of the fox
trembles to your breast.
All status drops from you,
The gentle light shines
in the eye of the beast.
Daughter, will you dance,
fling out your bloodbright mane,
tame the wilderness in him,
or let his heart alone?