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Kathleen  Norris

Kathleen Norris

Kathleen Norris was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Hawaii. After attending Bennington College in Vermont, Norris moved to New York, where she worked for the American Academy of Poets. She was quickly immersed in the vibrant, often

Mrs. Adam
by Kathleen Norris

Wake up,
you’ll need your wits about you.
This is not a dream,
but a woman who loves you, speaking.

She was there
when you cried out;
she brushed the terror away.