Suzanne Nielsen

by Best Poem

Swim in the Present

Clovis Sweeney inflates her air mattress,
a free gift for filling her Clomid Rx at Walgreen’s,
and immediately feels dizzy.
The ground’s stomach churns under foot
yet she’s been known to ride a wave
or two in her time so the inflatable hits
bottom with her on top, a heavy damp mess,
treading the dirt with her hands in an attempt
to dig up yesterday.

Suzanne Nielsen, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, teaches writing at Metropolitan State University. Her poetry, fiction and essays appear in literary journals nationally and internationally; some of these include The Comstock Review, The Copperfield Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, Foliate Oak, Identity Theory, The Pedestal, Word Riot and 580 Split. Nielsen was recognized by storySouth’s Million Writers Award in 2005 for her notable story, “Fists for Hands.” So’ham Books released her first collection of poetry titled “East of the River,” in December 2005, a collection of short fiction titled “The Moon Behind the 8-Ball & Other Stories,” in 2007, and will release her new collection of poetry titled “I Thought You Should Know,” in 2008. Nielsen holds a doctorate in Education from Hamline University.