Le Bonheur

Trust that its little ways will happen—
a clutch of bright tulips, a new poem,

a library book heavy in hand with
its odor of dust. Trust that warmth

comes back to the earth after death—
the faint bird having been returned

to its nest, clean linen in the bed,
this silence joining this line of breath.

Julia Caroline Knowlton is Professor of French at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. She holds MA and PhD degrees in French Literature and an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. The recipient of an Academy of American Poets College Prize and a Pushcart nominee, her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals. She is the author of the memoir Body Story and the poetry chapbook The Café of Unintelligible Desire. Julia was a finalist in the 2018 NYC Center for Book Arts chapbook contest and is a 2019 nominee for Georgia Author of the Year. Her first full-length collection of poems, entitled One Clean Feather, is forthcoming in 2019 from Finishing Line Press.

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