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Tony Gloeggler: Working Class Heroes

My father opened the trunk, 
tossed me my glove with a worn 
hardball tucked in its pocket, eased 
into a catcher’s crouch as I paced 
60 feet away.

November 29, 2022 · 8 Comments

Tony Gloeggler: Social Story

how happy and lucky
it made us feel to know
we had someone we loved
who loved us back

November 1, 2022 · 8 Comments

Tony Gloeggler: World of Wonders

He loves watching cars glide by,
sliding his special pass in the slot
to pay, sitting by a window, feeling
the drum and hum beneath his feet.

August 25, 2022 · 6 Comments

Tony Gloeggler: What Anyone Knows

Diagnosed
with mental retardation and cerebral
palsy, he spent his early childhood
in Willowbrook hell.

June 23, 2022 · 16 Comments

Tony Gloeggler: Cheez-Its

He makes a wounded bird sound
if we have to sit at the bar, wait
for a table, or the waitress brings
his apple juice a bit too slowly

April 28, 2022 · 6 Comments

Tony Gloeggler: Autistic Joy

He freezes, tries not to look at me and places
his hand over his mouth as this boundless
sound spills out, his eyes bubbly blue champagne,
while his body shakes and shivers in happiness.

April 7, 2022 · 8 Comments

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