Writing & Publications



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


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

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

“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

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

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

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

“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

“Barbara I Want to Talk To” Outreach NC

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

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

“Certain Old Men” Inkwell

“Adorna” Crab Orchard Review

“The Last Place You Look” Rosebud Magazine

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

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