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Backstreet

The ambulance sloshed
by today
siren cut and re-ordered
by leaves.

The harder you have to think
the simpler
the answer must be.


About the Author: Originally from Berkeley, Anne F. Walker grew up in Toronto, Canada.  There she began her writing and publishing career, studying with bpNichol, Frank Davey, and Susan Swan while earning a BFA in Creative Writing from York University.  She returned to California for her MFA from Mills College.  At the University of California, Berkeley she earned her PhD, studying with Alfred Arteaga, Lyn Hejinian, Hertha D. Sweet Wong, and Robert Hass. Her published collections include Six Months Rent (Black Moss Press), Pregnant Poems (Black Moss Press), Into the Peculiar Dark (The Mercury Press & The bpNichol Foundation), and The Exit Show (Palimpsest Press). American Urban Poetics is her published poetics book.  She directs the graduate writing program at Holy Names University, Oakland, California, and her new chapbook, when the light of any action ceases, is available through Finishing Line Press in spring 2016.