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Best of the Net Nominee 2023

Image by Julia Joppien

manatees float by               I tread                  loving                  my fat cells

                 all day long            strokes away          them, loving

Pegi Deitz Shea is an award-winning children's book author, and has published more than 500 works of poetry and nonfiction for adult readers. She runs the reading series Poetry Rocks, in Vernon, CT, and is president of the Connecticut Council of Poets Laureate. Learn more at

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