First Warrior

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Laura Madeline Wiseman teaches writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and 24 Pearl Street. She is the author of 26 books and chapbooks and is the editor of two anthologies, Bared and Women Write Resistance, selected for the Nebraska 150 Sesquicentennial Book List. She is the recipient of 2015 Honor Book Nebraska Book Award, Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship, and an Academy of American Poets Award. Her book Drink won the 2016 Independent Publisher Bronze Book Award for poetry. Her latest book is Velocipede (Stephen F. Austin State University Press), a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist for Sports. Wiseman writes, “I wrote “Easy” and “First Warrior” after many years of practicing yoga. Mythology, legends, and the historical have long fascinated my work. These poems are in part a response to the physical practice of yoga, but also to the larger stories we tell about the body, athletics, and those who serve.”