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First Prize Poetry: Juniper Daughter

By Lorraine Jeffery

Prickly juniper roots suck errant dew from chalky alkali in high mountain deserts. Raised in Skull Valley Reservation scrub oak, mesquite and sage, our Goshute foster daughter had such roots. Her darting eyes watched a muddy river crawl lizard-like through sage, understanding that it was the life blood of the desert. After joining our family, …

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