Poem of the Week: “Congo School” by Susan Donnelly

By: Edward Byrne Last Updated: January 5, 2010

The VPR Poem of the Week is Susan Donnelly’s “Congo School,” which appeared in the Fall/Winter 2009-2010 issue (Volume XI, Number 1) of Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Susan Donnelly is the author of Morse Prize-winner Eve Names the Animals (Northeastern University Press), Transit (Iris Press), and three chapbooks. A third full-length collection, Capture the Flag, is also forthcoming from Iris Press. Donnelly’s publications include Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, The Sun, and many other journals, textbooks, or anthologies. Featured twice on Garrison Keillor’s Poets Almanac, her poems recently won a prize from the journal Persimmon Tree. Susan Donnelly teaches poetry in classes and individual consultations from her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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