Melanie Stoff Maier has published two poetry collections with Conflux Press, the new Scattering Wind and sticking to earth. She also was co-editor and contributor to the anthology Chapter & Verse: Poems of Jewish Identity (Conflux Press 2011) and has published another chapbook, The Land of Us. Born and raised in San Francisco, she earned a BS from the University of California, Berkeley and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She practiced in San Francisco and Marin County before retiring to write poetry. Melanie's poems have been published in reviews such as The Fourth River, Phoebe, The Southern California Review, and South Carolina Review. Internationally her work has appeared in the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, Warsaw, Poland.


Mother of night
Fertile moon

Golden and swollen
Rises over the hill.

A river of stars
Long gone lingers

These memories,
Do you hear them?


Light winks.
Bounces off stacked up
condo windows
on the hill.
One duck pumps
through blue-grey sky. A biplane
skims our sight line.
Wind tousles the lagoon's dark surface.
We shiver in sweaters
but stay in our chairs sipping red wine,
let it rest on the tongue.
He says, I don't want a ranch in Montana.
In magnolias at water's edge
are egg-shaped bulbs
ready to pop.

--from Scattering Wind (Conflux Press, 2013)