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Photo by Dave Bledsoe of FreeVerse Photography

Photo by Dave Bledsoe of FreeVerse Photography

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Canticle of Waitresses, Waiting

 

This is how we herded by the waitress station,

waiting, as the town, turned down to one by snow,

settled like a gown that smothered all that ailed us.

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How we first heard about the hostages

on Facebook, and then the town knelt down to zero,

still as snow once it resolves itself to ground.

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How the sidewalk still needed seeding with rock salt.

How even when a person stands still, they can slip.

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How we counted the seeds of our blessings.

How our blessings rebounded off the booths like buckshot.

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How we each sometimes rebound into being

a country of one self.

How we other times are one self of a city.

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How only below zero can we remember

September as that country where we save daylight

like fat over our muscles.

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How a woman ran at the chained gym doors

to save her daughter.

How she dropped on the unseeded walk.

How we’ll remember her legs as

a fleet of hummingbirds skidding through snow.

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How sometimes, to give something a shot means kill it.

How other times it means just close your eyes.

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First published in Iron Horse Literary Review, Labor Day Issue 2013

Saara Myrene Raappana‘s poems appear in such publications as 32 Poems, Blackbird, Cream City Review, Subtropics, The Gettysburg Review, and Verse Daily. She grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in southern China. She’s an editor for Cellpoems, a poetry journal distributed via text message.

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This year’s AWP offsite reading, Augury Books and Friends in Seattle, was a resounding success. We had a wonderful night of wine, snacks, readings, and socializing at the stunning Noble Gas Neon Company venue. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to attend the reading.

Special thanks to Lia Hall and Cedar Mannan for providing the space, as well as our 12 incredible Augury and guest readers, Maureen Alsop (Mantic), Halina Duraj (The Family Cannon), Alison Espach, Lia Hall, Lauren Hunter, Cynthia Lowen, Karyna McGlynn, Patrick Moran (The Book of Lost Things), Frances Justine Post (Beast), Alicia Jo Rabins, Camille Rankine, and Diana Spechler.

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Welcoming the Crowd

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Phoebe Rusch Helps Augury Editor Kate Angus Set Up

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Augury and Friends Settle In

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Patrick Moran and Camille Rankine Read for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014

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Alison Espach Reads for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014

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Camille Rankine Reads for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014

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Cynthia Lowen Reads for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014

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Diana Spechler Reads for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014

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Halina Duraj Reads for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014

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Frances Justine Post Reads for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014

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Karyna McGlynn Reads for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014

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Lauren Hunter Waits to Read at Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014

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Lia Hall Reads for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014

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Maureen Alsop Reads for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014

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Patrick Moran Reads for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014

Alicia Jo Rabins Reads for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014

Alicia Jo Rabins Reads for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014

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