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I learned about listening

from my grandmother Ruth

who allowed great silences

to live and breathe

in a conversation. She

then would say the most

apt thing, having thought

about what she would say.

And then she would return

to quiet. She knew the give

and take—and she knew—

most of it should be give—

Poem: TIM NOLAN is a lawyer and poet living in Minneapolis. His work has appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and other magazines. His most recent book of poems is The Field, published by New Rivers Press.

Art: KRISTI ABBOTT is an artist fascinated by color, pattern, and texture. She combines these elements in her artwork using substrates, papers, and embellishment materials. Her influences are pop art, pop culture, Hollywood, music, and fashion.


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