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Melissa Ginsburg

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Melissa Ginsburg grew up in Houston, Texas, and received her BA in English from the University of Houston and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of the poetry collection Dear Weather Ghost (Four Way Books, 2013). She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Mississippi and lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

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Our subjects were nice. We kept

our distance. We brewed detachment
in bottles. “We kept our distance”

is an anecdote. Her name

is Anecdote. She was born in the study.
Cages, bottles. Books all around.

She was our favorite / forbid us

to see her. She was the muse
for the

poem

for Erik Lemke (1979-2012)


1.

A hummingbird flies into a window 
that looks like the sky. Everything around here

looks like the sky. The sky looks tiger striped.
They call that kind of cloud 

something. I know somebody 
who knows