Through a Lens Vaguely
(Mars '03)

by Ann K. Schwader

White smudge
at the bottom
of a red smudge: polar
hope of revenant rains, of life
once shared.

Copyright © 2004, Ann K. Schwader

Mars at Opposition

Ann K. Schwader's first collection of dark fiction, Strange Stars & Alien Shadows, was recently published by Lindisfarne Press. Her poetry has appeared in Tales of the Unanticipated, Mythic Delirium, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, Strange Horizons, Modern Haiku, The Formalist, and elsewhere. She lives and writes in Westminster, CO.

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