Carol Hamilton

Oklahoma Book Award winning book of poetry available at

Once the Dust

At the Clothesline

We women join in constellation,
our archetypal memories stirred
by the wind's capture in puffed
backs of shirts, white and smelling
of soap. Clothespins peg me
to ancient rites boiling up
in my blood, magic potions
combined for love. From pre-war
days on a Kansas City hill
my mother-in-law whispers to me
down her wiped clean wires
and my mother bends to her basket
on a prairie farm, hating it.
My lines are draped with branches
of an overgrown elm. The suggestion
was made that the rough metal poles
might be removed. But I keep
the four wires and their pinions,
visit them with damp, fresh offerings,
and they, like a clever medium at
a seance, arouse the sleeping.

Vanishing Point

Editor's Choice poetry chapbook from Main Street Rag Press.

Poetry Chapbook from Finishing Line Press
Poems on the intertwined lives and loves of Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms
Poetry Chapbook
Works on early women photographers and the art of photography.
Editor's Choice poetry chapbook from Main Street Rage Press.
Award-winning Poetry Chapbook
Poetry chapbook of most requested poems over the years. Pudding House Invitational Series
Award winning poetry chapbook
Middle Grade Novel
"The desert setting is unusual...the story will adapt well as a classroom read-aloud."
The story of a gifted boy with a love of astronomy who forgets his problems in trying to save a friend.
Middle Grade Mystery
A Cherubim Award winner, the story of a dinosaur dig and a mystery a boy must solve to protect his mother and sister.
Folk literature
Retellings of favorite Polish legends.