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Kristen Holt-Browning


Kristen Holt-Browning is a freelance editor, writer, and proofreader. Her work has been published in Juxtaprose, Eastern Iowa Review, and Frontier Poetry, among other publications. She lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York State with her husband, two sons, two dogs, and a cat.


I carry fallen fruit,
crabby in my hands.
In the face of reduced yield,
I need more water.
I barricade the creek.
Root in the wet.
When midnight’s small hour
rolls close again,
I wait at this backed-up land,
where black bear offers honey claws,
and fox leaps to branches,
swings from her glorious tail.
My new feet grasp bank and stone.
Water up to my knees holds bones
that roar, then mutter.
I’m taloned under the mud.
The very definition
of sweet, of worth it.
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