Linda Lee Harper

Selected Works

My short story "Another Pittsburgh Story" should resonate for anybody familiar with the hills and bus routes of Pittsburgh, or any city really.
The poems in Linda Lee Harper's SMALL WAVES are technically adept and clever, --a pleasure, and that alone would justify the collection. They tell the truth about our lives--presentments of aging, unexpected desires--but tell it appealingly slant as Miss Dickinson suggests.
This is a terrific book of poems... and I am thrilled to be supervising its publication.
--Michael Dumanis, Director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center
“ ...a poet of exquisite wit, dark humor and trustworthy insight.”
--Susan Ludvigson, author of Everything Winged Must Be Dreaming, To Find the Gold
Two Pushcart Nominations

Blue Flute

It was Perfectly True

He deserved better.
She deserved less.
Together, they almost made a complete thought.
You know, the one on the tip of your tongue,
the one hiding in corners
of your mind like an assassin unhurried,
carefully polishing his weapons,
waiting for the moment
you’ll expose the delicate
white trillium of your own throat
for that specific cut
which should have drained you
years ago.

Of Bones

I watch you enter your face
as you wake.

The corners, like any darkened room,
light up as night retreats to whatever dreams

kept you sleeping until now.
You haven’t opened your eyes,

but I can tell you know I’m standing here
like bad sculpture observing you as you resurrect

yesterday’s annoyances as if you were a second-hand
messiah stuck with laboring over suicides

who all probably should be left in peace.
But it is your nature, your avocation,

to work the light, force it on them
like unwelcome faith then stand back

to let them rediscover the soft surprise
of their bodies, the discipline of bones

which holds us to this world
like a fist clenching, unclenching.