Fern

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I knew a woman
by that name, a cashier

at the health food store.
She moved to Pensacola.

She’s the one I think
of when it’s snowing

in Brooklyn, Fern in her
deep overgrown green,

a life among the lives
that reproduce by means

of spores borne on
the underside of fronds.

Hilary Sideris’ work has recently appeared in Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Connecticut Review, Confrontation, The Cortland Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Fogged Clarity, The Evansville Review, and others. The author of several chapbooks and two full-length poetry collections, Most Likely to Die (Poets Wear Prada 2014) and The Inclination to Make Waves (Big Wonderful 2016). Sideris lives in Brooklyn and work for The City University of New York, where she develops curriculum and trains teachers for CUNY Start, an innovative alternative to remedial courses for first-generation college students. She earned a B.A. in English literature from Indiana University and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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