- April in Mississippi
This time of year the light bends like I dohungering for a more infinitedazzling life I am trying to tell youabout the way things are how like anythingthe magnolia blossoms into itsown abbreviated life that the samerain that makes it grow also drenches itto death I am trying to tell you thatsomehow the rain always finds the mostvulnerable parts that the act of clearingis a kind of violence that to loveis to believe in the adequacyof lamplight and its brightness on your palmsor hold a word beneath your tongue [End Page 275]
Hannah Dow is the author of Rosarium. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, The Rumpus, and The Cincinnati Review. She is the editor-in-chief of Tinderbox Poetry Journal and currently resides in Southern California.