Summer 2024


By Ann Iverson

In my forest, I have a tree 
whose trunk splits near the sky 
to form a perfect sans-serif Y. 
And though I prefer serifs 
on all my letters from A to Z
I’ll take what I can see today 
my own anointed Y. 

On this paper, it’s a tiny mantel 
where on top I place a candle,
some books between two ends, 
a statue of an angel, 
and a photo of a friend. 

In my forest, 
the other trees 
turn to it for answers. 
Y must we lose our leaves?
Y do we have to grow so old? 
Y are we used for fire? 

From my window for this page,
I study Y’s anatomy. 
It’s outstretched arms 
and sturdy stem of it, I ask it nothing
but give praise for yes and yet.

About the Author

Ann Iverson is a writer and artist. She is the author of  five poetry collections: Come Now to the Window by the Laurel Poetry Collective, Definite Space and Art Lessons by Holy Cow! Press; Mouth of Summer and No Feeling is Final by Kelsay Books. She is a graduate of both the MALS and the MFA programs at Hamline University. Her poems have appeared in a wide variety of journals and venues including six features on Writer’s Almanac. Her poem “Plenitude” was set to a choral arrangement by composer Kurt Knecht. She is also the author and illustrator of two children’s books. As a visual artist, she enjoys the integrated relationship between the visual image and the written image. Her art work has been featured in several art exhibits as well as in a permanent installation at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. She is currently working on her sixth collection of poetry, a book of children’s verse, and a collection of personal essays.