National Poetry Month Selection: 'The Fiddleheads' Return'

Published: April 30, 2016 at 12:00 am


In honor of National Poetry Month, which has been celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Newtown Poet Laureate Lisa Schwartz is sharing some of her favorite works by local poets.

To close out the month-long celebration of poetry, Ms Schwartz has chosen a poem by homegrown writer Amy Nawrocki. "The Fiddleheads' Return" comes from her book, Four Blue Eggs, published by Homebound Publications (2014).

Amy Nawrocki grew up in Sandy Hook and graduated from Newtown High School in 1991. She earned her BA at Sarah Lawrence College, and her MFA from University of Arkansas. Ms Nawrocki is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Reconnaissance (Homebound Publications, 2015).

Dick Allen, the former Poet Laureate of Connecticut, referred to Reconnaissance as "a warm, rich, valuable and important collection. I most highly recommend it for … reading and rereading."

Along with her husband Eric D. Lehman, Ms Nawrocki is also the author of three Connecticut history books, including A History of Connecticut Food and Literary Connecticut. She lives in Hamden, and teaches English and Creative Writing at University of Bridgeport.




The Fiddleheads' Return

When the first dew

of spring warms the early worm

out of hibernation

a covenant is rendered.

Young ferns, yellow with greenness,


nudge out from the deep,

snow-melted soil, poking through

centuries of death.

They leave comfort for hazards

of exposure, the burdens


of life. The new hope

coils slowly around the nub

of itself, the stalk

moves with incremental

sadness toward a timepiece


skies away. Soon

music forms at the edge

of delicate spirals,

music steeped in translation:

what loam says to darkness


in the cold moon hour,

how sunbeams brew the sacred

molecule to freshen

a poorly lit universe,

how the head of a fiddle


emerges out of

the clean violin of time,

strings tuned to the key

of true green assurance,

of repetition, the promise


of night music,

and the return of morning's

trusted, distant chord.

-Amy Nawrocki

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