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Dream of Ivy

by Lyn Lifshin

you know the story of
the woman in a
turret and how ivy
puts its fingers
across the moon.
And besides, no one
could hear. Ivy
that grows like
kudzu in the
deepest part of Georgia
swallowing up a
single house
in one night. I would
have lowered my long
hair to a lover,
lured him with blood
in a bottle, each
drop a ruby with
a poem etched on it.
Or carved my initials
in the grey stone
around his heart. I’d
have talked to the
birds or waited,
slept 20 years, given
away my children.
Only I was outside
trying to get in

Lyn Lifshin lives in Virginia and has written more than 120 books of poetry, including “The Licorice Daughter: My Year With Ruffian,” “Before It’s Light,” “Cold Comfort” and “Another Woman who Looks Like Me.” Her new book, “All the Poets Who Have Touched Me, Living and Dead: All True, Especially the Lies,” is receiving strong reviews. To find out more about Lyn or purchase a book, visit her website.

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