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Jennifer Givhan was a PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, a St. Lawrence Book Award finalist, and a Vernice Quebodeaux Pathways Prize finalist for her poetry collection. Her work has appeared in over forty journals, including Rattle, The Los Angeles Review, The Feminist Wire, Fickle Muses, and Crab Creek Review, and she’s been nominated for the 2012 Best of the Net. She attends the low-residency MFA program at Warren Wilson College, and she teaches composition at the University of New Mexico.

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A postcard this morning, skirting
homesickness, snapdragons, its own skin-

thorned body terminal. This is the way
with flagstone & other emanations of life-

fullness. Electricity fades, rendering
eye sockets the color of moon ash. Recall

the candle’s surge, spring’s hammocks
peacocking reds, pinks, oranges without restraint.

That quill, inkless & idle, plumes on. Sky,
in its incessant reach for hilltop, sends clouds.

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