Essay on Erosion

by Carolyn Oliver


Every morning
a woman licks

the same rock

until rain comes
for its cold cup



Carolyn Oliver’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such literary journals as the Massachusetts Review, the Indiana Review, the Cincinnati Review, and Shenandoah.

She is the winner of the Goldstein Prize from the Michigan Quarterly Review, the Writer’s Block Prize in Poetry, and the Frank O’Hara Prize from The Worcester Review, where she now serves as a poetry editor.

Carolyn lives in Massachusetts with her family. Discover her work online at