Writing & Publications

 
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Open Spaces


I believe in open spaces,
in places where clouds reflect lakes below
or forests where no one walks,
where moss grows over rocks, and deserts
where the nighttime wind blows
to erase the day.

I believe in not filling silences with words
unless they’re worth their weight in silence.

I believe trees have a reason for waiting
months between flowering and fruiting.
I believe in hibernation and the rising
of sap in spring.

I believe in long gaps between decisions
to give conclusions time to ripen.

Mimi Herman

 

2017
“High Tea,” “In that Place,” “Gratitude for Small Things” The Carolina Quarterly
"On New Year's Day" The Raleigh News & Observer

2016
“How I Wait” Prime Number Magazine
“Arts Integration: Magic in the Classroom” United Arts Council Website

2015
“On a Scale from Yes to No,” “Max,” “Yes for These Few Hours” Prime Number Magazine
"An Accident Erupts," "Aneurysm," "Swim by Braille," "The First Doe," "The Zen of Ironing," "The People I Like" When Women Waken

2014
“The Husband in the Attic” The Best of the Fuquay-Varina Writing Series 2014

2013
"The Longer," "The Old Home Place," "The Things of This World," “View from my WIndow, 1965," "Behind Enemy Lines" When Women Waken

2012
Logophilia Main Street Rag Press
“You Don’t Keep Bad Milk in the Icebox” The Michigan Quarterly Review
“On the Importance of Explanatory Text” NC Arts Council
“The Visualizing Mind has No Word for No,” “Cassandra,” “Warner Brothers Physics” Wild Goose Poetry Review
“Longing” The Iodine Review
“Last Bout” Main Street Rag

2011
“Where Have All the Minutes Gone?” Outreach NC
“Swimming Lessons” Prick of the Spindle
“A Gutman’s Suit Will Last You” Outreach NC
“On the Importance of Explanatory Text,” “Gretel,” “It’s Not that I Don’t Like You” The Best of the Fuquay-Varina Reading Series 2011

2011
“Barbara I Want to Talk To” Outreach NC

2009
“The Storm,” “Things Undone Around the House” The Hawai’i Review
“Root Where You Roost” Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival Chapbook

2008
“Ice Fishing” Kansas City Voices
“The Manufacture of Self-Doubt” The Hollins Critic

2007
“Certain Old Men” Inkwell

2005
“Adorna” Crab Orchard Review

2004
“The Last Place You Look” Rosebud Magazine

2002
“Taylor Quarry” Shenandoah.
“The Magic of Charles Baxter” The North Carolina Writers’ Network News

1998
The Art of Learning NC Arts Council
“Building Wings” Classics in the Classroom, Teachers & Writers Collaborative