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if I die,
do what you want

with the body, 

find me
a place for

each other – I think I will

be most peaceful
at a border

liminal land
leaned up against sea

or woods overlooking
the town or a word

on the edge
of breath so soft

the bones in your head
don’t quite

hearing nothing

is how you
will know

we can
keep going


is a choice
of motion


Shana Ross is a recent transplant to Edmonton, Alberta and Treaty Six Territory.  Qui transtulit sustinet.  Her work has recently appeared in CutBank Literary Journal, Identity Theory, Ilanot Review, Gigantic Sequins and more. She is the winner of the 2022 Anne C. Barnhill prize and the 2021 Bacopa Literary Review Poetry competition, as well as a 2019 Parent-Writer Fellowship to Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing.  She serves as an editor for Luna Station Quarterly and a critic for Pencilhouse. 

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