Night Nurse / Ants / The Helper


  • Freya Manfred


He lies in sheet-blue shadows, barely moving,

not always remembering

to swallow his small aloof pills,

white, yellow, pale green, and gray.

Author Biography

Freya Manfred

Freya Manfred’s sixth collection of poetry, Swimming With A Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle,, won the 2009 Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Award for Poetry. Her seventh collection is The Blue Dress, 2012. A longtime Midwesterner who has also lived on both coasts, her poetry has appeared in over 100 reviews and magazines and over 40 anthologies. Her memoir, Frederick Manfred: A Daughter Remembers, was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and an Iowa Historical Society Award. Novelist Philip Roth says, "Freya Manfred always startles me by how close she gets to everything she sees. That’s her tough luck, but it makes her a wonderful poet." Poet Robert Bly says, "What I like in (her) poems is that they are not floating around in the air or the intellect. The body takes them in. They are brave. The reader and the writer meet each other in the body." Freya lives half an hour west of the Twin Cities with the screenwriter, Thomas Pope. Their sons, Nicholas Bly Pope and Ethan Rowan Pope have illustrated some of her poetry.




How to Cite

Manfred, F. (2015). Night Nurse / Ants / The Helper. Ars Medica, 11(1). Retrieved from