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Have you ever contemplated the escape velocity of your body?

     Constance Hansen


No, but

once, the river

was made

of light

and song

and I clung

to the low

side of

that stone


for life.

Constance Hansen is Managing Editor of Poetry Northwest. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in: RHINO, Harvard Review, Southern Humanities Review, Four Way Review, The Cortland Review, Cimarron Review, Northwest Review, Vallum, Superstition Review, and elsewhere. Originally from Seattle, she lives in Paris. You may learn more at

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