With palmistry,
there’s always 
something to read.
My own palm’s
inscrutable, requiring
years of study, and 
still I don’t 
know my lines
—heart or head, 
life or fate.
Still, though, 
I’ll pull out 
my hand, try to 
make sense of it.
Reading ourselves 
is the last, the 
only, thing to do.
Vivian Wagner lives in New Concord, Ohio, where she's an associate professor of English at Muskingum University. She's the author of a memoir, Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music (Citadel-Kensington); a full-length poetry collection, Raising (Clare Songbirds Publishing House); and three poetry chapbooks: The Village (Aldrich Press-Kelsay Books), Making (Origami Poems Project), and Curiosities (Unsolicited Press).

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