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Kelli Lage

When I step out to my porch

and welcome winter

to suspend itself in my lungs

I swear, for just a moment

my nerves built of static

are iced.

Kelli Lage lives in the Midwest countryside. Lage is currently earning her degree in Secondary English Education and works as a substitute teacher. Awards: Special Award for First-time Entrant, 2020, Iowa Poetry Association. Website:

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