Douglas “Woody” Woodsum

met Shahid when they were both on staff at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in the 1980s.  The first line of Woody’s poem alludes to “Mending Wall,” a poem by another Bread Loaf poet [Robert Frost].  His book, The Lawns of Lobstermen, is available at  He teaches high school English at Carrabec High in North Anson, Maine and lives with his wife, the artist Donna Asmussen, in nearby Smithfield.