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Residues By David Olsen The pianist had outlived friends  The hired minister fumbles names.  she wouldn’t have recognized.  A burgundy curtain parts, closes          Her only daughter stifles tears,  accepts the arm of her confidante.  Seated behind, a distant cousin  and a nurse from the care home.  on remains smoothly conveyed.  Spirit-smoke. Ashes. Release.  Ambivalent embrace  of reluctant freedom.   At the rear, rented pallbearers  sing with practiced confidence.  A poet, playwright, and fiction writer with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from University of California-Berkeley and a Master of Arts in English and creative writing from San Francisco State University, David Olsen was formerly an energy economist, management consultant, and performing arts critic. His Unfolding Origami (80pp, 2015) won the Cinnamon Press Poetry Collection Award, and Past Imperfect, his second full-length poetry collection, is forthcoming from Cinnamon Press. Poetry chapbooks from U.S. publishers include Exit Wounds (2017), Sailing to Atlantis (2013), New World Elegies (2011), and Greatest Hits (2001). His work appears in leading journals and anthologies in the U.S. and Europe. A victim of childhood polio, he has been disabled by CFS since 1989. He has lived in Oxford, England, since 2002. See www.davidolsenpoetry.net 13