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Donna Hilbert


Donna Hilbert’s latest book is Gravity: New and Selected Poems, Tebot Bach, 2018.  Work online includes The Writer’s Almanac, A Year of Being Here, Little Eagle’s RE/VERSE, Zocalo Public Square, Your Daily Poem, Serving House Journal, Califragile, Cultural Weekly, and monthly, as a contributing writer, at Verse-Virtual. Her work is widely anthologized, most recently in Poetry of Presence, Grayson Books. She has led workshops for both beginners and professional writers in venues as varied as a men’s prison, an English public school, and literary programs including Aldeburgh Poetry and Ilkley Literature Festivals in the UK, and PEN’s Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellows. She writes and leads private workshops in Long Beach, California, where she makes her home. Learn more at

My Husband

Hated seagulls and hated salmon,
too much of both in Seattle,
when he studied at the “U.”
Living in a dorm, you take the food
as given, and with it also take the view.

In my kitchen with its ocean view
salmon sizzles in a skillet,
it’s sunset, and seagulls sweep
the dimming sky.

Dear Heart, what would you think
of this place you left me, this meal
I make for another? A blessing not to see
what’s coming, like the day two tons
of metal swept you from my sky.

We Don’t Believe in Rain

We don’t believe in rain
in this beach city
where I sit in my parked car
not ready to go home.
Dog-walkers in flip-flops,
and joggers in T-shirts go forth
as if the sun were shining,
as if the sun were always shining.
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