SIXTEEN KINDS
OF EMPTINESS
by Patricia O'Donnell
1.     The ground after leaves are raked, waiting for snow

2.     The line a bird leaves as it breaks through the air

3.     The space above where a bulb is planted

4.     A cancer cell, splitting into fullness

5.     The space between heartbeats

6.     The center of a wedding ring

7.     A stomach, after retching

8.     The seconds between sighs

9.     The repetition of the tide

10.   A pocket with one coin

11.   Silence after laughter

12.   Dawn on a city street

13.   Forgetfulness

14.   White space

15.   Sleep

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Patricia O'Donnell is a professor of creative writing in the BFA
Program at the University of Maine at Farmington. Her publications are
primarily in fiction. Her fourth book, the novel The Vigilance of Stars,
is available from Unsolicited Press.
SEPTEMBER 2020