Ann Sihler is a freelance writer and editor in Portland, OR. Her poetry and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Nervy Girl!, Out of Line, and the Portland Alliance, as well as AJN (Art of Nursing, January 2006). Asked about this poem, Sihler said that she wrote it in response to a suicide: "I was struck by the objects and responsibilities, the people and emotions that are left behind when someone takes his or her own life. Anger is a common reaction." Sihler can be contacted through her Web site: www.annsihler.com.
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