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Ellen Dudley

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Ellen Dudley is the author of The Geographic Cure (Four Way Books, 2007) and Slow Burn (Provincetown Arts Press, 1997). She is the recipient of a Vermont Council on the Arts Fellowship and the founding editor and publisher of The Marlboro Review. She lives in Marlboro, Vermont.

by this poet

On the first full day of summer the sun is up
the sky as far as it will get and now it will
head south to warm the Antipodes, where today
it rains and  gales blow up from the Antarctic.

Here it is summer already, the lawn mowed, garden
weeded and nostalgia for summers past makes her
way into this place. The