Persist

Sun-dappled drowsy fawns sprang
up at every turn of the trail last spring.
The doe deposited them, always apart,
in thickets, brush piles, honeysuckle warrens,
collected them at day’s end. I often saw them
in shadows, suckled in the gloaming,

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A native of upper East Tennessee, Jane Hicks is an award-winning poet and quilter. Her poetry has appeared in journals and numerous anthologies, and her first book, Blood and Bone Remember, was nominated for and won several awards. Her “literary quilts” illustrate the works of playwright Jo Carson and novelists Sharyn McCrumb and Silas House. The University Press of Kentucky will publish her latest poetry book, Driving with the Dead, in the fall of 2014.

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