Richard Manly Heiman: a poem



Hagiography v2

What is a saint?


A terracotta shard

a biscuit-fired embryo


an upside-down amphora

waft of buckwheat honey


from an unsealed tomb a flame suspended


halfway between now and

the blessed kingdom of the birds.



Richard Manly Heiman lives in the pines on the slope of the Sierra Nevada. He works as an English teacher and writes when the kids are at recess. Richard has been published by Rattle, Vestal Review, Sonic Boom, Spiritus (Johns Hopkins U.), and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from Lindenwood U. and is a two time Pushcart Prize nominee. You can find more of his writing here: poetrick.com.