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Maggie Anderson

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Maggie Anderson is the author of Greatest Hits: 1984–2004 (Pudding House Publications, 2004), Windfall: New and Selected Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000), and A Space Filled with Moving (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992), among others. Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the West Virginia Arts and Humanities Commission.

by this poet

Who would have thought the afterlife would 
look so much like Ohio? A small town place, 
thickly settled among deciduous trees. 
I lived for what seemed a very short time. 
Several things did not work out.
Casually almost, I became another one 
of the departed, but I had never imagined 
the tunnel of hot wind