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Image by Joseph Bradshaw

let me have gold and blue

let me have gold and blue
in the opening leaves of your eyes
spring bears this white moon
it is her jasmine clasp

silver cups of dogwood
your face
the blue iris unfurl from their shrouds

here comes the pain
only god’s love makes and heals

how the moon pulls us up to her
from the dark world of new flowers

Elizabeth Myhr holds an MFA in Poetry from Seattle Pacific University. She has served as artist-in-residence at Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington, and is a Milotte Foundation scholar for her work promoting nature. Her work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. In 2010, Myhr was part of the team that co-founded Calypso Editions, a press that specializes in literature in translation and emerging writers. Her poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Poetry International and many other journals. She has published three previous collections for poetry: the vanishings (Calypso Editions), the dictator’s mistress (Alice Blue Books), and the practice of devotion (Goldfish Press). Elizabeth Myhr lives in the San Juan Islands in Washington State.


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