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Angie Minkin


Autumn Landscape by Harald Sohlberg

In the waking there’s the dreaming, in the dreaming
only ghosts. In the ER, a man in a samurai jacket tends
his moaning sister. I shudder. Gravity weighs me down,
though I try to remember all of us are stardust.
And somewhere bees huddle in a maze of fog
and smoke, and hummingbirds light on aloe torches,
and the cedar tree cradles the broken eucalyptus branch.
The rain is absent again, and the sun silent
as stars run through me like blood.
My veins light up the night.


About the writer:
Angie Minkin is an award-winning San Francisco-based poet whose work has been published or is forthcoming in Birdy Magazine, Concho River Review, DASH Literary Journal, El Portal Literary Journal, Lips Poetry Magazine, Loch Raven Review, The MacGuffin, Rattle, The Poeming Pigeon, Stirring: A Literary Collection, The Unbroken Journal, The Westchester Review, and others. She is a coauthor of Dreams and Blessings: Six Visionary Poets. Her work has been included in Fog and Light, San Francisco through the Eyes of the Poets Who Live Here and Pandemic Puzzle Poems. Her chapbook, Balm for the Living, will be published in 2023.

Image: Autumn Landscape by Harald Sohlberg (1869-1935). Oil on canvas. 32.2 x 27.7 inches. 1910. Public domain.

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