The poetry of Steve Carter

Distant Music

She stands
at the turn of the stair,
at the edge of darkness,
light falling only on her hair.

She listens,
her face turned to the darkness.

Halfway down the stairs,
her face turned up
to the darkness,
light from behind
on her hair

No sound.

Again she listens
for distant music.




Moment’s Dance

it’s quiet now
the women are sleeping
no one can see us
come out
spread your arms
caress the air
lie perfectly still
the girls

Steve Carter is a writer and jazz guitarist. He taught music and English at Berklee College of Music. His first book of poems, Intermodulations, was recently published by Maat Publishing ( His poetry has appeared in many magazines, including Hanging Loose, Carolina Review, Stand, and Clackamas Literary Review. He has 10 CDs of his music available on his independent record label, Frogstory Records (

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