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Originally published June 2, 2014 at 6:05 AM | Page modified June 2, 2014 at 8:18 AM

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Elizabeth Austen’s work: ‘The Girl Who Goes Alone,’ ‘This Morning’

Excerpts from poetry by Washington state poet laureate Elizabeth Austen.


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Excerpts from Elizabeth Austen’s “Every Dress a Decision”(Blue Begonia Press).

From “The Girl Who Goes Alone”

The girl who goes alone

claims for herself

the madrona  juniper  daybreak.

She claims hemlock  prairie falcon  nightfall.

She claims nurse log  sea star  glacial moraine

huckleberry  trillium  salal

snowmelt  avalanche lily  waterfall

birdsong  limestone  granite  moonlight  schist

cirque  saddle  summit  ocean

she claims the curve of the earth.

The girl who goes alone says with her body

the world is worth the risk.

From “This Morning”

It’s time. It’s almost too late.

Did you see the magnolia light its pink fires?

You could be your own, unknown self.

No one is keeping it from you.



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