‘Letters’ by Kate Hanson Foster


Kate Hanson Foster graduated from UMass Lowell and gained her MFA in Poetry from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives in Groton, Mass. Her poems have appeared in California Quarterly, Comstock Review, and other literary magazines. Her first book “Mid Drift,” published by Loom Press in 2011, was selected that year as one of the best books of poetry by a Massachusetts author as judged by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Readers can get Kate’s book at www.loompress.com or in The Lowell Gallery, 219 Central St.—PM




It was easy

to lock them in the safe—


pale and luckless

as the bills, vanished


into the back of the closet.


Sometimes I still picture you running

down the streets of Lowell,


past the arena, the Brewery,

the Aiken Street Bridge.


Throw all my letters away.


—Kate Hanson Foster (c) 2011