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A resident of Western Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley arts community, Abigail Warren currently teaches writing, literature, and poetry at Cambridge College; in addition, she serves on the Advisory Board for 30 Poems in November, a fund-raising campaign for the Center for New Americans. In keeping with her passion, she has had the opportunity to participate in numerous poetry collectives, conferences, classes, programs, readings, and literary fundraisers. She has studied with Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, Claudia Emerson, Daisy Fried, Tony Hoagland, and Chase Twichell. In addition, she is a recipient of Smith College’s Rosemary Thomas Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bluestem, Clarion, Compass Rose, Crack the Spine, Dos Passos Review, DUCTS, The Emerson Review, Forge, Gemini Magazine, Hawai‘i Pacific Review, Into The Teeth Of The Wind, The Legendary, The Monarch Review, Progenitor, Pearl, Brink Magazine, Sanskrit, the Smith College Poetry Center Alumnae Poets, Sonora Review, and the anthology 30 Poems in November.

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A Field Guide To Butterflies

Abigail Warren

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The Blue Morpho butterfly does not eat food
but drinks the nectar of rotting fruit;
it lives about 15 days.
I have lived 3 years past the life expectancy of a woman in Haiti.
Put down your newspaper, set aside the book, come with me.
I’ll drop pomegranate seeds in your mouth one by one;
and for an hour or so, we’ll make death wait,
not concern ourselves with longing and loss.

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