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Christine Rhein: Alphabetical Order

Assertion by committee:
double-dare ethos.
Fibbed goodwill,
handshakes.

February 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Christine Rhein: A Surgeon Writes from Aleppo

We are running out of coffins.
The city burns, street by street—
even the stones are catching fire.
Our last pediatrician has been killed.

October 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Christine Rhein: Before the Election

The window was open just enough to let in the cool night air. September— like always—the two of us talking, in bed, about the garden, a late flood of tomatoes, … Continue reading

October 29, 2018 · 2 Comments

Christine Rhein: Dear Child

from letters written in Texas by detained, immigrant mothers to their sons and daughters (Los Angeles Times, July 10, 2018)   I write you these words. I miss you so … Continue reading

July 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

Christine Rhein: Letter from Flint to Lansing

 I will fix it. — Governor Rick Snyder, State of the State 2016   Come and rock our babies, hold their bottles and their cups. Stop saying you are sorry. … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Christine Rhein: Oh 2016,

how gaunt you’ve grown, but then, it’s no surprise, what with all that vanished weight (Bowie, for starters—   Sound and Vision) and those workouts we put you through, loading … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

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