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Doug Ramspeck

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Doug Ramspeck is the author of Black Flowers (LSU Press, 2018); Original Bodies (Southern Indiana Review Press, 2014), winner of the 2013 Michael Waters Poetry Prize; Mechanical Fireflies (Barrow Street Press, 2011), selected by Mary Ruefle for the Barrow Street Press Poetry Book Prize; Possum Nocturne (University of Akron Press, 2010); and Black Tupelo Country (BkMk Press, 2008), winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. He is also the author of a fiction collection, The Owl That Carries Us Away (BkMk Press, 2018), winner of the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. He is a two-time recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and teaches English at The Ohio State University.

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Or sometimes watched drifting with the leaves,
some last confetti of yellow or brown. Or it existed

the way the juncos huddled beneath the thistle
feeder in winter, in the way the clouds spilled water

in May to soak the ground. Once we found it
in the attic in a steamer trunk, and another