Summer 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 2014 |

Grandma Moses

Real snow glitters, so add glitter to the paint when painting snow. When the barn burns study a cat's tongue for the shape of the flames, flames lick the air, there is no end to their convulsive tenderness. Then coat them in red and orange feathers. Annamoses is the state of being oneself. In this state there is a village where children do nothing but play. And there is hay, piles and piles of hay. You can stay. You can bury yourself in the hay. Hooray! Hooray! It's Annamoses Day! Eating beets with a pitchfork is OK.

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Mary Ruefle is the author of the forthcoming book Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013), Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has published ten books of poetry, a book of prose (The Most of It, Wave Books, 2008), and a comic book, Go Home and Go to Bed!, (Pilot Books/Orange Table Comics, 2007).

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