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What I Learned of Love That Day

By Heather Holland Duncan

Unless you love someone, nothing else makes sense. —e.e. cummings I’m still making sense of what happened to me that weekend in 1993. I know love—its many leaves blazing, changing, filtering sunlight like the autumn trees—was involved. Naples, Utah, felt like an alien planet. Alfalfa cloyed the senses; water flowed uphill over red earth. I’d …

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An Echo Canyon Adoption

By Heather Holland Duncan

My breasts hang heavy, ache to weep sweet milk tears to mourn your mother, my friend whose still form slipped shallow into Echo Canyon soil this morning. You’ve stopped your crying and I don’t know which is worse— the shrieking screams of hunger or the sky-echoed question in your dry blue eyes as your rose …

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