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For National Poetry Month: A poem from Anne Haines

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by Anne Haines

Small transformation demands
a whole new name: to document
this new omission, pristine
identity. Select
location, puzzle out the path.
The old one’s shadowed.
How we can begin
again without destroying,
certain of reversion. How
we are so in love
with every draft that ruffles
through the pages.
How we save the changes.

Bio: Anne Haines’ chapbook, Breach, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2008. Individual poems have appeared in Diode, Field, New Madrid, Rattle, Tipton Poetry Journal, the anthology And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana, and elsewhere. She lives in Bloomington, where she works as the Web Content Specialist for the Indiana University Libraries. She can be found online at and on Twitter at @annehaines.