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Anita Endrezze


Short of life

Wheelchair-bound

I sit

every day

the African violet blooms

on a shelf

reminding me

that beauty is not a verb.


November

Sun on red leaves

My wheelchair lurching over

cracked pavement.

I wear pale grey and white striped gloves.

Hedges taller than the sky

remind me that I’m only here

for a brief time. Geese fly,

old friends write,

the sky is full

of devotion.


Anita Endrezze is an award-winning poet, writer, and artist. Her work is influenced by her Yaqui and European heritage. In 2012, University of Arizona Press published her book of short stories, Butterfly Moon. Anita’s work has been translated into ten languages. Her new poetry book, Enigma, is due to be published in 2019 by Press 53. Anita lives, writes and paints in the Pacific Northwest.


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