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Ann Conway

Ann Conway

Ann Conway has published in Image, Maine Arts Magazine, Maine Times, Commonweal and other venues. Her essay “The Rosary,” originally published in Image, was placed on the notable list of Best Spiritual Writing. She has received a fellowship from the Collegeville Institute, and her essay “The Gift” won a Maine Arts Commission writing competition. She moved from Maine to Pittsburgh in 2016.

My Friend, Lost

There was only one I had loved, my friend.
But he who had loved me was gone.
How his hand had shaken over mine that day, electric.
Now the hand was still,
though he spoke in dreams, saying,
"Look for the sign."
He came back with a clatter in the kitchen,
scramble of animal behind a wall
in the room filled with the sound of cicadas,
rising and falling, immortal.
That was for me alone, for
the town had forgotten my love.
They ate the dead,
spoke no more of them.
I was sick of these goddamn Yankees.

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