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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: Peninsula in January

A foretaste of spring
on migrant waterfowl wings

Heron builds a nest in the lone coral tree
others in palm after palm.

Three days of sun,
a tsunami warning,
a bit of rain.

The sky returns to mottled gray,
for just one day, then
angled light, dry and bright.

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