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The Wife’s Lament

Ben Debus reads "The Wife's Lament" and "The Domina in Her Garden."

"...I chewed grubs, gnawed the collar of my gown, / wore leaves and moth wings / in my hair---strange crown..."

“I can say that
what I have suffered of miseries since growing up,
recently or long ago, was not at all greater than now.”
– The Wife’s Lament, from The Exeter Book


Ben Debus’s poetry has appeared in Cider Press Review, Fugue, Fairy Tale Review, Cimarron Review, and other journals. He has an MFA in Poetry from Indiana University, where he is currently pursuing a PhD in medieval literature. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife, poet Cate Whetzel, and their son.

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