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Sandra McPherson: Birth Mother,

19, sunsuit.

The shadow


of the Nehi

covers her



The orange


in black and white

flavors the throat


down to the amnion.

Father’s grape


forward, corner,

he loved


a camera.

I separated soon


howled pale



we all blushed



nine months

to the giveaway day.   

Copyright 2019 Sandra McPherson.

Joyce Todd, the poet’s birth mother


Sandra McPherson is a Professor Emerita at the University of California at Davis. 

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