Lavonne J. Adams

Lavonne J. Adams has received both the Persephone Poetry Prize and the Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Chapbook Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Southern Poetry Review, Connecticut Review, Briar Cliff Review, and Missouri Review. She teaches poetry at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Tuning the Pipe Organ

I grew up with the accoutrements of pipe organs filling our garage, some as small as piccolos, some arriving like giants in rough-hewn crates. On…


At the base of the Taos mountains, a fragmented tree, victim of a lightning strike. As I pass, I avert my gaze as if confronted…