Cindy Hunter Morgan

Cindy Hunter MorganCindy Hunter Morgan teaches creative writing at Michigan State University and is the author of two chapbooks: The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker, winner of The Ledge Press 2011 Poetry Chapbook Competition; and Apple Season, winner of the Midwest Writing Center’s 2012 Chapbook Contest, judged by Shane McCrae. She is working on a full-length poetry manuscript about Great Lakes shipwrecks. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, including West Branch, Bateau, and Sugar House Review. She lives in East Lansing, Michigan and has a website at



Columbia, 1859

Lake Michigan

They dropped anchor at Plum Island,
but when the chain broke
they lost what held them –
all that was taut and fixed.
Slammed into shore,
even language splintered.
They climbed into the rigging
of the double-masted brig
like spiders
and moved from rigging
into tree branches
like birds
and lived thereafter
with a knowledge
of what was inside them:
silk and spinnerets,
wing bars and tail feathers,
extra lives
wrapped in sail cloth.

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