Kate Hanson Foster: Never To Be Told
Craig Whitehead

Craig Whitehead

Never To Be Told


I check all the right boxes

on the questionnaire—       

I do not want to hurt

myself or others. I am not

scared. I do not cry

all the time—panic for no good

reason. I am sleeping.

I look forward to the enjoyment

of things. I hand the clipboard

through the glass window

and smile, and a reflection

slides back, faintly female,  

rat hair rising with the upwind.

I would never blame myself.          

Kate Hanson Foster's first book of poems, Mid Drift, was published by Loom Press and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Center for the Book Award in 2011. Her poetry has appeared in Comstock Review, Harpur Palate, Poet Lore, Tupelo Quarterly and elsewhere.