Trio House Press
publishing distinct voices in poetry
since 2012

Dark Tussock Moth by Mary Cisper

Winner of the 2016 Trio Award selected by Bhisham Bherwani

Amid bindweed and migrating hummingbirds, Mary Cisper lives with her husband on northern New Mexico alluvium. She has BA degrees in English (Northwestern) and Chemistry (University of New Mexico). Once she was on intimate terms with ion trap mass spectrometers in search of ultra-low detection limits; for a time she was a quality whisperer. Her first published poem appeared in a church bulletin when she was nine. Since then, her poems have been published in various journals including Denver Quarterly, Lana Turner, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Terrain, Water-Stone Review, Newfound, FIELD, 1110, Fourteen Hills, and ZYZZYVA]. Her admiration for the artist and naturalist, Maria Sibylla Merian, was sparked by Google’s April 2, 2013 doodle celebrating Maria’s 366th birthday. She recently completed her MFA in Poetry at Saint Mary's College of California. For many summers, she has hiked and backpacked in the Sierras. 

"One Night Looks for a Thesaurus"


Listen, those of you gathered in a common,

the comfort of other speakers−      



camped in a sandstone


the mesa's every noise

threw itself against


the respiration

of a society of giants

someplace, utah


space pitched

to dislocate the listener

white and blue dwarfs


and not wanting

the husband to sleep


because who would


                                hear her disappear−