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The flower moon’s dimmed.
Impossible not to see ghosts in the trees.
The branches try to shake them off.
If I could only see what can’t be seen.
The poor dimensions of my sight.
The defiant dead.
Night sky flushed and richly dark.
I’m not crazy—the wind’s strange.
I wish I could illuminate time,
could pull down its edges.
All my dead sisters would return
and I would open my house to them.
I don’t fear what once was good.
Anya Krugovoy Silver is the author of The Ninety-Third Name of God (2010), I Watched You Disappear (2014), and From Nothing (2016), all published with the Louisiana State University Press. Her most recent book, Second Bloom, was published in the Poiema Poetry Series of Cascade Press (2017). She was named Georgia Author of the Year in Poetry in 2015 and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry in 2018. She has been widely published in journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2016, Poetry in Medicine, Between Midnight and Dawn, Writing on Napkins at the Sunshine Club, and The Turning Aside: The Kingdom Book of Contemporary Christian Poetry. She has also published a book of literary criticism, Victorian Literature and the Anorexic Body (Cambridge UP, 2006). Silver served as Professor of English at Mercer University and lived in Macon, Georgia with her husband and son. Anya Silver died in August, 2018, after having finished her final manuscript of poetry, entitled Saint Agnostica.