Beehive Huts

Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Little stone domes

no matrix, no glue,

monk-built, by crevice

and heft, taut little

sheep fold, where men sat

in their sheep clothes,

with wooly tongues,

holding the world up

under stones stacked

to keep the drizzle out;

grizzled, they fingered

their beads, eyeing

sea glint and flock,

hands on rock, feet on

grass, bee buzz hum

on their lips, mind on

mercy, on God like

wind seen in what

it bends, what will lift.

Betsy Sholl cofounded Alice James Books  in 1973, a nonprofit poetry press meant to provide women with greater access to publishing. Alice James Books published Sholl’s first three poetry collections, Changing Faces (1974), Appalachian Winter (1978), and Rooms Overhead (1896). Scholl’s most recent book of poetry, Otherwise Unseeable (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014), was awarded the 2014 Four Lakes Poetry Prize. Her poetry is influenced by her Catholic faith and by her social activism, which she came to through her husband, Doug Sholl, who is a social worker. She is the recipient of an AWP Prize for Poetry, a Felix Pollak Award, the Maine Arts Commission Chapbook Competition, two Maine Artists Fellowships, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2006, she was chosen to be the Poet Laureate of Maine, a position she held until 2011. She teaches at the University of Southern Maine and at Vermont College, and she lives in Portland, Maine.