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Poem in The Tishman Review

My poem, “Holyrood,” was a finalist in the annual Edna St. Vincent Millay contest hosted by The Tishman Review and appeared in Volume 4, Issue 1, January 2018. This beautiful publication combines poetry, fiction, and essays with plenty of beautiful artwork. Holyrood is the cemetery in north Seattle where my father is buried. The poem is a snapshot of my mother and I visiting his grave when I was a little girl. I tried to include small details that would somehow depict the pull a young widow and her children felt to this place and what death feels like in such a situation.

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