The Sunday Poem: Bridget Lowe


Poet Bridget Lowe




In My Study of Hysteria


The sofa is pleather. My gorgeous thighs
stick in the late summer heat.
Your cigar is papier-mâché, but you keep insisting
it’s real; you even light it,
in order to prove your genuine concern
for my concern for truth.

In my study of hysteria, we are riding on a train.
It is autumn now. I am tired.
My hair has turned grey just playing this game.
A woman boards the train and, Hitchcockian,
insists she is me. By now
I am stupid. I believe her.




About Bridget Lowe

Bridget Lowe’s poems have appeared in The New RepublicBest American Poetry (forthcoming this month), American Poetry ReviewPloughshares, and the Denver Quarterly, among others.

Her honors include a “Discovery”/Boston Review prize and the 2011 Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship at The MacDowell Colony. She currently resides in Kansas City. You can read more of her poems and a selection of her short essays here.

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“In My Study of Hysteria” © Bridget Lowe. This poem was printed with permission from the author


By | 2016-11-11T21:55:36+00:00 09.03.11|The Sunday Poem, Words|1 Comment

About the Author:

I'm a writer, photographer, and the creator of Gwarlingo, a crowd-funded arts & culture journal that covers contemporary art, music, books, film, and the creative process. I’ve spent nearly 20 years as an arts enabler, helping thousands of successful artists of all disciplines and working to make the arts more accessible. From 1999-2012 I worked at The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s oldest artist colony, but I’ve also done time at an arts magazine, a library, and an art museum in Atlanta. For two years I cared for injured eagles, hawks, and owls at a raptor rehabilitation center in Vermont. In May of 2012 I left MacDowell to pursue writing, speaking, consulting, and creative projects full-time. (You can check out my recent projects here.) I’ve appeared as an arts and culture commentator on New Hampshire Public Radio, served as the judge for A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Literary Prize, and received fellowships from the Hambidge Center and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. My writing and photography have appeared in RISD XYZ magazine, 2Paragraphs, Psychology Today, Born Journal, and other publications. I offer one-on-one coaching sessions, group workshops, and speak to businesses, arts groups, and students about overcoming the psychological and practical barriers to producing your best work. (Read more here .) If you'd like to work with me one-on-one or hire me to speak at your school, business, or organization, please contact me at michelle (at) gwarlingo (dot) com. -

One Comment

  1. Virginia Konchan September 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    “In My Study of Hysteria” is a bold reappropriation, like many of Bridget’s gorgeous poems, of Freudian analysis and the various forms of Victorian megalomania and repression. Every line sings.

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