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Ana Cottle

Ana Cottle is a poet and translator based in Southern California. Ana studied Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley with a focus on feminist Yiddish poetry. She is the Communications Director at an arts education nonprofit and the Poetry Editor for Carve Magazine.

Night is coming

Sum up
the annual rings of a trunk
with the exactitude of
a technician.
The incursion
of greenish buds,
dutifully portends
a shift in temper.
The pollen is too sticky
to be carried by the wind
& newcomers
hang in the air
reticent of the
concave blades.
A vertical stem,
no branches,
quickened by
a warm bath
of light.
For all the scale
and beauty,
I am
documenting our
catastrophic progress.

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