The women who clean fish are all named Rose or Grace. They wake up close to the water, damp and dreamy beneath white sheets, thinking of white beaches. It is always humid where they work. Under plastic aprons, their breasts foam and bubble. They wear old clothes because the smell will never go. On the floor
Born in 1949 in Concord, Massachusetts, Erica Funkhouser studied at Vassar College and Stanford University. She is the author of several collections of poetry, including: Earthly (Houghton Mifflin, 2008); Pursuit (2002); Sure Shot and Other Poems (1992); and Natural Affinities (1983).
She was a recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Foundation grant for poetry. She has also worked as a playwright.
She lives in Essex, Massachusetts and teaches poetry-writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.