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a few pale thumb-sized Early Girls, the children next door growing tiny fields of alfalfa in plastic Sprite bottle troughs hung on the fence, a female Bullocks oriole, one huge pink poppy bursting from its pod with finite glory. Then she told more stories when we thought we knew them all, hosted her world of friends, ate only bites but always well: warm boysenberry pie, bone broth matzoh ball soup. Not the capons she served, one Thanksgiving in Provence with thyme and shallots, but savory and fine nonetheless. And when it built too high, the cancer's caroling distress, she said good-bye.
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Molly Fisk’s books include The More Difficult Beauty (Hip Pocket Press, 2010).