The one star brighter than all the others,

faint whiff of wood smoke riding

some modest currents of air.

The cabin at my back a brace against it all—

First star, wish I make, chimney air.

Magnet dark, magnet death’s double-dare.

Geri Doran is the author of Epistle, Osprey (Tupelo, 2019) and two previous collections of poetry, Resin and Sanderlings. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Oregon. 

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