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Susan Kelly-DeWitt: Photograph of Your Father Sewing Needlepoint At Precinct Headquarters, 1956

tugging the yarn taut, as though it was
the most natural thing
in the world for a burly
detective, a tough Irish cop

October 26, 2022 · 8 Comments

Elizabeth Kirschner: Time and Again

As the fire taught the house how to surrender, the dolls, they screamed, not me, oh they screamed like ashes that smelled of church pews.

October 14, 2022 · 13 Comments

Jennifer Harman: When parents turn children into weapons, everybody loses

Domestic abuse can involve one parent using a child as a weapon against the other parent, which harms the child in immense ways. My research has identified how these dynamics play out and examines the damage.

September 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Patricia Clark: My Father on a Bicycle

If you ever saw my father in shorts,
you wouldn’t forget his stick-thin legs,
the knees knobby as windfall dwarf apples.

August 24, 2022 · 2 Comments

Kimberly Parish Davis: Forever and Ever

…they watched television or surfed around the Internet for news about what was going on in Palestine. There had been a lot of fighting—a lot of bombed out buildings. One website told about the attack at the School where Hanna’s little brother was killed, and she was probably dealing with that while Emma was news surfing.

August 19, 2022 · 6 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Father with a Gun

Years working in human resources convinced me that no school employee should have a gun. Period. 

July 5, 2022 · 5 Comments

Bunkong Tuon: Two Poems

I wake up overwhelmed
with love. Time slows.
I hear each beating of
the wings on a hummingbird.

April 26, 2022 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: All But Lost

in the small print of NASA history
the story of my father: Harold E. Bauer,
known as Hal, technical director
of that workhorse, the Saturn IV-B.

January 26, 2022 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Satan and the Snowman

I don’t have relationships,
the old drunk explained
with surprising wisdom,
I take hostages.

December 18, 2021 · 13 Comments

Video: Miracle Jones | The Radical, Revolutionary Resilience of Black Joy

In the face of trauma, happiness is resilience: a revolutionary act of thriving despite all odds, rather than wilting or surrendering. Community organizer and activist Miracle Jones offers a heart-to-heart … Continue reading

November 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Meconium

it is sacred, the way
soil clinging to the seed
of a new shoot
pushing out of the earth
is sacred

October 2, 2021 · 11 Comments

Kari Gunter-Seymour: Heartland Hospice

When I was a kid, sick, he’d sing Hank William’s
Hey Good Lookin,’ call me his best girl.

September 27, 2021 · 8 Comments

Martha Silano: Nothing I Did

My father said no infinity times, said all As,
no A-minuses. In 6th grade I devised a plan:
if I was perfect, if I made no sound.

September 1, 2021 · 5 Comments

Christine Skarbek: Jocelyn

It soon became obvious she could not speak.  Finally, after many attempts, I got her name out of her, Jocelyn and finally, she looked at me straight on and said in a whisper, “You know, I used to be pretty.  I used to be smart.”

August 26, 2021 · 8 Comments

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