Amy Schrader holds a B.A. in Molecular & Cell Biology and English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. in English Literature from Boston University. She earned her M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Washington. She was a semifinalist for the 2006 and 2007 “Discovery”/The Nation poetry contests, and a recipient of a 2008 GAP grant from Artist Trust.
Amy’s poems have been published most recently in The Monarch Review, Coconut Magazine, ILK, The Journal, and Willow Springs. She received a work/study scholarship from the Vermont Studio Center in 1999, and also completed a residency at Hedgebrook in 2003. She was co-editor for Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review from 2001-2003, and Poetry Editor and co-publisher of Cranky Literary Journal from 2005-2007. Her reviews and interviews appear in CutBank Reviews, Gently Read Literature, The International Examiner, Reading Local, and other publications.
Poem from The Situation & What Crosses It
Sonnet for the Three of Cups
We’re in our cups & telling fish stories that are, in fact, about our fish. Our fish reveal our penchant for soliloquies: a goldfish swims in a martini glass; he grows & grows until he graduates to bathtub. Full of gin, you say & raise your glass. On & on the anecdotes pour out. A fog of tonic, cabarets. We drive ourselves to drink. I’d say like fish, except that fish don’t swallow water. Gulps are merely their red herring. Osmosis the only way to plumb the depths or cross the Alps. My friend, you are my kind, my tribe, a shot of favorite whiskey, fishing net, my knot.