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Derek Annis

Spokane, Washington

Derek Annis is the author of Neighborhood of Gray Houses, which will be released by Lost Horse Press in March, 2020. Derek lives in Spokane, Washington, and holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University. Their poems have appeared in The Account, Colorado Review, Epiphany, The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review Online, Spillway, Third Coast, and many other journals.

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Derek Annis

The garden


               dies     the grape
  size spiders     move inside

 

  winter wraps

        its hands


  around the yellow throat

      of my little

      house to squeeze

 the music     out     from behind

 the walls
 I hear

 the rustle

   and scratch

 of rats nesting

   in insulation

 the whisky

    is gone     from my bottle

 empty glass

    on the night stand

 my room
 is cold     is full

        of smoke     a plume

 of spoiled light