Damselflies. a poem by Anne Sorbie

Anne Sorbie

Damselflies

What if we women
all met in the 
Garden of Eden

stretched our arms 
wide as branches 
stood together 

embracing our art
with joy

What if we flew
down to the river
to kneel

washed each other’s
tired feet
offering 

the healing that
comes with touch

as our kind
has done
for millennia

The eternal legacy
of all we have
to share

iridescent and lustrous
pure and refracted

Imagine those gifts

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Anne Sorbie is a writer poet, and editor. Most recently, she has co-edited (M)othering, an anthology of poetry, prose, and art with Heidi Grogan (Inanna Publications 2022). Her third book, a poetry collection called Falling Backwards Into Mirrors was also published by Inanna in 2019. Annes’s work has appeared in a number of anthologies, magazines, and journals and been translated into Farsi for broadcast on Persian Radio Ottawa. 

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Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie is now completing her first novel where, for a family with a Seventh-day Adventist father and a Mennonite mother, the End Times are just around the corner. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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