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Diane Averill Diane has had three books published. Two were finalists for the Oregon Book Award. She taught English and…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:   Username or E-mail Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

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Poem That Ends With Rain

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after Jim Moore 1 I have always wanted to write a poem that ends with rain, our water world’s replenis…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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Winter Night

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after Chia Dao and Mike O’Connor Crows have blended into night. Quiet falls like snow. Quiet fills the empty road. Col…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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At the Metolius River

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In 1946, not long home from that awful winter at the Bulge, discharged at Fort MacArthur, my father left L.A. behind …   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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Eye to the Work

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Two workmen kneel in the late-day dust, air thick with cypress pollen, slant of sun, distant smoke from dinner fires i…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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Vanishings

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Granite, Oregon, 1976 Even then, the hotel and saloon stood at an angle, their wrinkled skins eyeing vi…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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Summer Lake

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Oregon high desert All day the lake heaves, the beast at the beginning of the world. All night I dream…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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Theory of Mind

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Like me, the Bantam is pessimistic, certain no one likes her, whole days spent brooding upon dirty straw. She is no…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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The Bat

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and my husband sweep the ceiling with the broom. Parallel whooshes and sways mirror the swoops and dives. Under a blank…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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The Taste of Huckleberries

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The taste of huckleberries is the taste of thrush is the taste of bear The taste of huckleberries is the taste stirred …   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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To My Neighbor

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Gina, you can keep the green vases from the daffodils. My hyacinths have long since shriveled but tulips bloom in …   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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The Order of Things

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for Pam Whenever my dad was asked what a friend died of, he said, he died of a Tuesday. Always a knu…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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The Unspoken

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When I was still assigned clients I read your chart: he stopped eating or bathing, defecated in a jar, wouldn’t leav…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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Daughter

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Daughter, Across the abyss of your grief, The grand canyon of your loss And the bone fear you feel Falling at differ…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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Ways of Healing

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   feeling this sweet sensation of joy —Elizabeth Bishop When Michael sat with other kindergartners around a pile o…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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Dog Weather

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Thunder of running paws from yard through house and out would seem a joyous weather as we lie a while longer beneath…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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Eclipse and Fire

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One week before she died we watched the sun erased, our light, our warmth, even our shadows canceled, disappeared, t…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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Renewal

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We are the quiet ones, the hidden ones. We have much to say. We hide in the silent light on the undersides of leaves …   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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Wednesday

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A woman in a window of the care home across the street clutches her yellow bathrobe to her throat and watches. Bird on a…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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Tell

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I counted the crows on the lowest branch until they lifted away and left it stuttering. I watched till the branch stil…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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On the Last Morning

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I’m up early wanting the house to myself so I can pretend I’m already living alone. Teabag in a mug I plan to keep, …   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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Where I Find Them

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When you no longer have parents, a purple sea star becomes your mother before the ocean spills a plume of foam to cove…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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In Biology

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we learned the parts—petal, sepal, pistol, stamen— the role of pollen, wind, and bees. And my mother war…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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Ice Auspex

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In dusk-dissolving pines they wait, talons gripping hard-barked winter branches overhead. I pace my dog, pass beneath i…   For subscribers (Subscribe here!)   Or log in below:  

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