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By Terez Peipins

Salt cakes my lips together,

dries my eyes.

I grow a tail, submerge

and return

where waves

scraped my legs

on sea rocks

and changed my blood –

it flows green.

I return to mother light,

mere, mare, madre –

Mediterranean, the middle sea.

My breath

turns liquid.

Stolen Plums

By Terez Peipins

Stolen plums

are sweetest

from the walled garden.

Broken stones

pile up.

A plow rusts

in the corner.

The tree glows dusky purple.

First I scoop up the fallen,

then bolder, reach for perfection

in the highest branches.

TEREZ PEIPINS, a Western New York-based writer of Latvian descent, will read from and sign copies of “Dance the Truth,” her new collection of poems published by Saddle Road Press, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Artspace Buffalo Gallery, 1219 Main St. Her poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in publications both in the United States and abroad, where she lived for more than two decades teaching English at the University of Barcelona and the Open University of Catalonia. She is the author of two previous chapbooks of poetry, “A Remedy of Touch” and “Box of Surprises” (both published by Finishing Line Press), and a novel, “The Shadow of Silver Birch” (BookBaby, 2014) available in e-book format.