Connie Post


Connie Post is a San Francisco Bay Area Poet who has been writing and publishing for over twenty five years. Her work has received praise from Al Young, Ursula LeGuin, Ellen Bass, Maxine Chernoff and former US Poet Laureate Juan Herrera. Her first full length collection “Floodwater” was the winner of the 2014 Lyrebird Award from Glass Lyre Press.Her second full length collection “Prime Meridian” was just released in January of 2020. (Glass Lyre Press) Prime Meridian was a finalist in the 2020 Best Book Awards, 2021 International Book Awards and the 2020 American Fiction Awards. (American Book Fest)She has two chapbooks from Finishing Line Press “And When The Sun Drops” and “Trip Wires”. Her other books include “Waking State” (Small Poetry Press) and 2 other self-published books about parenting a son with autism. Connie Post’s poetry has been published widely and received many awards, including the ​​2018 Pirene’s Fountain Liakoura Award. "Gardening" was  originally published in Crab Creek Review. Source


After my father

would beat one of us

he would place flowers

on the kitchen table

the next morning


he cut the stems flush

and laid the begonias in a circle

in an inch of water


the lavender and fuchsia

permeated the morning


we were called to breakfast

we ate waffles

and said nothing of the raging blooms


the apologies

buried in the ordered way

the flowers were arranged


we looked down at our plates




ignoring his

sun scorched hands


these days

I spend time

pulling petals

out of my body


placing a shovel

in the open earth

placing flowers

back into the ground





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:


Childhood & Coming of Age


Strength & Resilience

Violence & War

Literary Devices:


a line break interrupting the middle of a phrase which continues on to the next line

Media Res

a literary work that begins in the middle of the action (from the Latin “into the middle of things)


a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic