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Peter Makuck: Triggers

That look on his face.  After all these years, I’d love to punch him again.

October 9, 2021 · 1 Comment

Barbara E. Young: Cousin Jill

I like a woman who can fall
Jack said to Jill.

September 29, 2021 · 2 Comments

Joy Gaines-Friedler: Domestic Violence

When she said,
      this wasn’t supposed to happen to me,
a tray crashed—I heard someone laugh
(at my own failed marriage?)

August 23, 2021 · 4 Comments

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Parentage

I’m from the ocean’s melancholy, dragging
its anchors back & forth, never quiet, never
still, waves so restless they can’t mirror the moon.

August 18, 2021 · 6 Comments

Elizabeth Romero: Strawberry Moon

The moon in her lopsided veil
like a hillbilly bride
her face round and pale pink
against the darkening blue.

August 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

Marianne Moore: Marriage

I wonder what Adam and Eve
think of it by this time,
this firegilt steel
alive with goldenness…

July 30, 2021 · 1 Comment

Audio: Gregory Corso reads his poem “Marriage”

Beat generation poet Gregory Corso reads his classic poem “Marriage” from his book, The Happy Birthday of Death, first published in 1960.

July 30, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Stephen Jenkinson | Money & the Soul’s Desires

“Who takes care of the money?” Wisdom leader Stephen Jenkinson discusses money and its ways.

July 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter| Nocturne: A Marriage

In the ancient night
the vines of summer choke
breath choke memory
blooms fatten and fall

June 16, 2021 · 5 Comments

Meg Pokrass & Jeff Friedman: Wig

The wig arrived in a pretty pink box. I’d ordered it online from a wig shop. Silky, blonde and long, it felt as if I were entertaining a movie star in my hallway. Grace Kelly in a box on my couch. So nice to meet you, I said, slipping it on.

April 21, 2021 · 1 Comment

Jena Schwartz: Salvo

A few days later, I came out to my husband. Our marriage exploded into shards in a matter of minutes.

April 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tony Whedon: Field of Vision | Blues and Greens

Between this and that, my wife, my dear little cowslip,
was misdiagnosed with heart failure and everything I loved
lost its pigment. The old reds weren’t red anymore,
the rose bushes on the path by the river had lost their pink

October 13, 2020 · 4 Comments

Denise Levertov: The Ache of Marriage

two by two in the ark of
the ache of it

October 9, 2020 · 2 Comments

Gary Margolis: Ending the War

one morning
in August, she can walk
away from her fury
of pines, and catch
her breath

August 29, 2020 · 3 Comments

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