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Anya Silver

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Anya Silver

Anya Silver was born December 22, 1968 in Medina, Pennsylvania. She received her BA from Haverford College and a PhD from Emory University. She published four poetry collections, Second Bloom: Poems (Cascade Press, 2017), From Nothing: Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 2016), I Watched You Disappear (Louisiana State University Press, 2014), and The Ninety-Third Name of God (Lousiana State University Press, 2010). Silver taught at Mercer University. She was named a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry in 2018. She died of breast cancer in Georgia on August 6, 2018. 

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It was after the war.
My father lay in an Austrian sanatorium,
his lungs full of tuberculosis.
Next to him, a young Soviet veteran
needed to confess to another Russian.
He had done something terrible, he said.			
In Kharkov, before the Germans came.
Under orders, he had taken enemies of the state,
shoved them