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Alison Prine


years accumulate

magnolia, hepatica, weeping cherry

all in bloom


boulder, blossom, bullet


beneath the wide blue self-sufficient sky

my brother gave up


stones, shale, a shoreline shifts

we had discussed

his suicide many times before


all of those conversations

moved to the interior


one act became a monument

a landmark

never very far


even as a child

when I climbed onto his shoulders


that monument stood permanent

and heavy in our future

our laughter echoing off


it was a very difficult thing to do


inside the woods, briefly

a carpet of flowers

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Alison Prine’s debut collection of poems, Steel (Cider Press Review, 2016) was named a finalist for the 2017 Vermont Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Five Points, Harvard Review, and Prairie Schooner among others. She lives and works in Burlington, Vermont. Visit her at

Bear Review


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