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Issue # 8 September 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Cally Conan-Davies is an itinerant Australian writer who sometimes picks up poems on her travels. Some of these have made it to places such as POETRY, The Hudson Review, The New Criterion, Angle, and Lavender Review. Some of these poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize as well as Best on the Net.

Cally Conan-Davies

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Leaving Minnesota

Before you leave, before you snap
the lock, sealing your things inside,
before you bump the suitcase down the steps,
before jet engines fling you through the sky

towards Australia,

you move the curtain slightly,
and the silver slender branches bring you back.

Near Gilstad Lake,
in northern Minnesota, there's a sign
where a continent divides, and you can stand
on either side. And nothing falls apart.