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Esther Greenleaf Mürer lives in Philadelphia. She has been a library cataloger, indexer, and composer. She has published translations of four novels by the Norwegian writer Jens Bjørneboe, and was founding editor of Types &

Shadows, the journal of the Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts. She got serious about writing poetry when she turned 70. Since then her poetry has appeared in numerous magazines — such as Drunken Boat, Unsplendid,

Tilt-a-Whirl, and Apparatus Magazine — mostly online. This is Esther’s second appearance in The Centrifugal Eye ; she was featured poet in our February 2010 issue. Blog (

Baking Sheet Why, I keep asking myself, can a baking sheet— one that serves well as a sled or a noisemaker, yet is quite hopeless for paying my bills, or for soaking my feet (and my feet are quite tiny), or pointing me in the direction I ought to be going in order to find that most magical metaphor, that which alone will pry open the seedpod of courage and pink possibility— why can this baking sheet, greasèd and primèd (however you do that) and laden with gobbets of dough in fantastical shapes and wild colors, withstand the chaleur of a fine resolution— the fever it takes to perfect a creation— so very much better than my jellied offerings?

Form: Pterodactyl, invented by Max Gutmann: One-sentence poem in dactylic tetrameter.

The Centrifugal Eye - August 2010  

An online poetry journal of literary force to experience — poetry, essays, interviews, book reviews, and illustrations of an exhilarating na...

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