local_library Depression in July Heatwave

by Naomi Thiers

Published in Issue No. 293 ~ October, 2021

Morning: My “me” drains

down. I spit on my own grave,

silent in the haze.


Evening: Perched on a log,

I rise with the purple martins. Fire-

flies spiral the lagoon.




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Naomi Thiers grew up in California and Pittsburgh, but her chosen home is Washington-DC/Northern Virginia. She is author of four poetry collections: Only The Raw Hands Are Heaven (WWPH), In Yolo County, and She Was a Cathedral (Finishing Line Press) and Made of Air (Kelsay Books). Her poems, book reviews, and essays have been published in Virginia Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, Colorado Review, Grist, Sojourners, and many other magazines and anthologies. Former editor of the journal Phoebe, she works as a magazine editor and lives on the banks of Four Mile Run in Arlington, Virginia.