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Nancy Naomi Carlson

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Nancy Naomi Carlson is the author of two poetry collections: Infusion of Violets, forthcoming from Seagull Books in 2019, and Kings Highway (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 1997). The author of several works of translation, Carlson is the recipient of grants from the Maryland Arts Council and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, as well as a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in translation. She is a senior translation editor for Tupelo Quarterly.

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Nothing better to do than watch
each drop of Cytoxan shimmy

down a see-through tube
to anoint the chosen vein.

You could turn to the window’s maple,
smoldering in autumn sun,

to catch the precise nanosecond
when leaf detaches from limb—

stare down a likely candidate,