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Donna Reis


Donna Reis’s debut poetry collection, No Passing Zone, published by Deerbrook Editions (December, 2012) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.   She is co-editor and contributor to the anthology, Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews (Akron Poetry Series, 2005).  Her non-fiction book, Seeking Ghosts in the Warwick Valley, published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd (2003) has sold nearly 3000 copies.  She is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Certain (Finishing Line Press, 2012); Dog Shows and Church: A Sequence of Poems (2000) and Incantations (1995) both published by Eurydice Press.   Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Same, and Zone 3, Blood Lines: Tales of Mayhem and Murder (Knopf, 2011); Chance of a Ghost, Helicon Nine Editions (2005) and Beyond Lament: Poets of the World Bearing Witness to the Holocaust, Northwestern University Press (1998).  Reis received her Master of Arts Degree in Creative Writing at The City College, City University of New York, in 2002.

The Last Night

The last night he lived
he said let’s spoon.
I backed silently into him
my bottom snug against his penis.
I kept thinking
turn around,
kiss him, but I couldn’t.
When I awoke,
he was gone.
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