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  • April in Mississippi
  • Hannah Dow (bio)

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

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.



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