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Laura Foley

Laura Foley is the author of seven poetry collections. Why I Never Finished My Dissertation received a starred Kirkus Review and an Eric Hoffer Award. Her collection It’s This is forthcoming from Salmon Press. Her poems have won numerous awards, and national recognition—read frequently by Garrison Keillor on The Writers Almanac; appearing in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Poetry Society London, Crannog Magazine (Ireland), DMQ Review, Atlanta Review, Mason Street, JAMA, and many others. Her work has been included in many anthologies such as: Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems, Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection, and How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope. Laura lives with her wife, Clara Gimenez, among the hills of Vermont.

How Wood Thrush

for Ad Shaw 1931–2021

How a single wren still warbles on a topmost branch
of a swaying poplar tree

how dandelions still appear
like scattered suns across a grassy field

how the unknowing field rests, unmown,
and will remain long enough to host the nesting bobolink

how the steward of this land for many seasons
of late haying, leaf fall, ice and deep snow

how a dragonfly sips nectar from a flower,
pauses on my knee as if to speak

how my focus shifts to his old window
in the vale, just beyond the reedy pond—

how wood thrushes just returned
sing their liquid notes in hemlock woods’

cool shade, but return to silence
when the sun emerges from a cloud

how the day still breaks
into spring’s first heat
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