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Heather Thomas

Postcard from Vortex Street
We dared to scrawl our names in chalk.
The beams still bear the marks
across a current of walkways,
maps of sticks and apps we made
waiting for ourselves to show up.
Children gathering our bones
asked, were they dancing bones or sad?
The world never was in place.
How do you want this day to live?
My friend saved a packet of seeds.
The moon illumines a bowl of oranges,
the path between my brows unearths
a burrowing owl in desert aquifer,
a salutation to rotating oceans.
We were waving not drowning
in the heart’s magnetic field.
Imagination is a force: occupy.
Heather Thomas is the author of six books of poetry, including Blue Ruby (FootHills Publishing), Resurrection Papers (Chax Press), and Practicing Amnesia (Singing Horse Press). Her work has been translated and published in Spanish, Lithuanian, Bosnian, and Albanian, and has been recognized by the Academy of American Poets, the Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. A professor of English at Kutztown University, Thomas contributed to Approaches to Teaching H.D.’s Poetry and Prose (The Modern Language Association of America, 2011).


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