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DS Maolalai has been nominated six times for Best of the Net and three times for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in two collections, “Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden” (Encircle Press, 2016) and “Sad Havoc Among the Birds” (Turas Press, 2019)


Trigger Warning

and finally, I got to read
his little book of poems,
after he’d paid the balance
and had his proofs back
from the printer.

I was surprised. they were good.
quite beautiful.
an elegy, winding
to his wife
like thread between
the fingers, gone
these last
5 years. his wife, and mother

of my closest friend. and usually
I don’t like it
in poetry
where each line
starts with capitals, but here
it seemed right,
somehow. like a folding
feeling, all deliberate. fine stitching
from second hand

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