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I was two
on the tv
under the
east facing
was what seemed
to be a parade.
Mother was sobbing
the scent
of a November


The morning after a storm
you see a feather in your path
pass it by
then go back for it.
This is what you are allowed
to do with grief
the only decision you can make.
This is your only permission.


If there is a living room
in your heart
then there is a window
in your lung
and a door in your throat
and your fingers
are flowers that
you picked
with your mouth
and the petals hang like paintings
in the mind of your heart
as the door swings open
as the door swings shut.

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Ann Iverson

Ann Iverson is a writer and artist. She is the author of  five poetry collections:C ome Now to the Window by the Laurel Poetry Collective, Definite Space and Art Lessons by Holy Cow! Press; Mouth of Summer and No Feeling is Final by Kelsay Books. She is a graduate of both the MALS and the MFA programs at Hamline University. Her poems have appeared in a wide variety of journals and venues including six features on Writer’s Almanac.  Her poem "Plenitude" was set to a choral arrangement by composer Kurt Knecht. She is also the author and illustrator of two children's books. As a visual artist, she enjoys the integrated relationship between the visual image and the written image. Her art work has been featured in several art exhibits as well as in a permanent installation at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. She is currently working on her sixth collection of poetry, a book of children's verse, and a collection of personal essays.