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Sitting Outside to Write Poems on the Day the Cottonwoods Let Go, Grand Marais, Minnesota

September 12, 2012

by LouAnn Shepard Muhm

Everywhere fairy visitations
feathery motes
of unmelting snow
or their shadows
crisscrossing my page, calling

Muse, muse, muse, muse

Look around you!
What more can we do?


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LouAnn Shepard Muhm (website) is a poet and teacher from northern Minnesota, whose poems have appeared in a number of literary journals. Her chapbook, Dear Immovable, was published in 2006 by Pudding House Press, and her full-length poetry collection Breaking the Glass (2008, Loonfeather Press) was a finalist for the Midwest Book Award.

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  1. LVPD
    September 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Wonderful, LouAnn! Reminds me a bit of William Stafford’s “You Reading This, Be Ready” with his “when you turn around” line and attention to what is present. But he doesn’t have “unmelting snow” – lovely.

  2. Barbara LaMorticella
    September 13, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Yes. This is lovely.

  3. September 18, 2012 at 8:59 am

    LuAnn, loved this. I have had notes for years for a “cottonwood letting-go” day in Columbus, OH that I never brought to be. I think now you have, and I can let those notes go, too.

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