Sample Poems

Shara McCallum is the author of six books, published in the US and UK, most recently No Ruined Stone (2021) and Madwoman (2017). La historia es un Cuarto/History is a Room, an anthology of McCallum’s poems translated into Spanish and introduced by Adalber Salas Hernández, was also published in 2021 by Mantis Editores in Mexico. Her poems have appeared in literary magazines and journals, anthologies, and textbooks throughout the US, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and Israel. With gratitude to the editors, here is a sample of her poems.

Three poems in New England Review, Fall 2020

“Edinburgh Drawing Room” in the Glasgow Review of Books, March 27, 2020.

“The Mulatta Unmasks Herself to Her Husband” in The Atlantic, March 2020.

“Elegy” in Verse Daily, January 23, 2019.

“No Ruined Stone” in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, August 31, 2018.

“The Art Room” on the Poetry Foundation and in Poetry Out Loud.

“Race” in Pleiades, Winter 2017.

“Sorrow” in The Account, Fall 2016, also awarded inclusion in the 2017 Best of the Net anthology and featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac on October 10, 2017.

“What the Oracle Said” on the Poetry Foundation and in Poetry Out Loud.

“Memory” in the New York Times Magazine, July 2, 2017.

“The Parable of the Wayward Child” in Guernica, December 1, 2015.

“Insomnia” in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Spring & Summer 2015.

“Miss Sally on Love” on the Academy of American Poets, 2011.

“What I’m Telling You” excerpt on the Academy of American Poets, 2003.