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Donna Hilbert

Donna Hilbert’s latest book is Threnody, from Moon Tide Press. Earlier books include Gravity: New & Selected Poems, Tebot Bach, 2018. She is a monthly contributing writer to Verse-Virtual. Work has appeared in Braided Way, Chiron Review, Sheila-Na-Gig, Rattle, Zocalo Public Square, One Art, and numerous anthologies, and featured on The Writer’s Almanac, and Lyric Life. She writes and leads private workshops in Southern California, where she makes her home. Learn more at

Field Notes: The Woods in April

Night animal cries
are different here and grievance
dreams invade my sleep.

Cardinal sings I pity you, I pity you
My dear red bird, I’m not that sad.

I watch four deer
watch me, between us
a window pane.

Good Friday, Passover,
in midst of Ramadan,
first robins, a mist of snow.

I walk the path deer walk,
pine needles umber
on the woodland floor.

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