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Lynn Finger’s poetry has appeared in 8Poems, Perhappened, Twin Pies, Book of Matches, Drunk Monkeys and Not Deer Magazine.  Lynn is an editor at Harpy Hybrid Review and works with a group that mentors writers in prison. Follow Lynn on Twitter @sweetfirefly2 and @lynmichf on Instagram.

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LYNN FINGER

A LIST OF POSSIBLE FIRST LINES OF POEMS

Comb your hair. There’s a blue taxi waiting.

That night we sang “Jolene” together at the Go-go Pony.

I never told you the elephant knew my name.

The clouds pin down the sunshine.

I open the cedar box, and find your black leather jacket,

the plastic carnations,

and Juno’s leather dog collar

with small brindle hairs caught in the clasp.

Long-legged shadows belong to the deer.

Water doesn’t know it isn’t lighter than air, fears do.

I am in love with a sugar pine. I hold the winged seeds and watch them

spider away in the breeze.

The salamanders sing when the stones

come through the earth,

shivering and raw.

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