Anne Overstreet

Anne M. Doe Overstreet is a poet and editor. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Asheville Poetry Review, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, DMQ Review, and Cranky, among others. She and her husband, novelist and film critic Jeffrey Overstreet, reside in Shoreline, Washington. You can find her online at and on Facebook at AnneDoeOverstreet.


In the highway’s curve, in the swept
light that precedes the car, I am
coming home. I imagine you
safe, enfolded in the blue quilt.
I know you’ll have left a lamp lit
as a pact with the fear I have
of stumbling, of entering the house
asleep to find no one I recognize.
I pull the wheel against the gravel’s slide.
There are more and more moments like this:
the key hesitates in the lock and I cannot
remember what side of the night I travel on.

Photo by Kelly Sauer.