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POETRY: 2019

Poems published in literary journals in 2019

Published in Mom Egg Review,

Vol. 17, April 2019

A family of girls knows

the unwanted will enter

closed doors, will penetrate locks

uninvited.

Published in Please See Mee,

March 2019

She’s a trooper, the first doctor said,
handing me over to a second.

I am skeptical,
wary as I brace for another test.

Sewing Machine

Published in Literary Mama,

February 2019

I pull the tape measure taut
against my daughter's spine
run it around her forehead,
her chest, down her arm
marking numbers onto quick
outline penciled on a scrap
of paper as she stands tall

Published in Eunoia Review,

February 3, 2019

I get stuck on Google
Maps, zooming into memories
etched unseen in the thin lines
and shaded boundaries.

Published in Eunoia Review,

February 3, 2019

I never intended to kill the sparrows,
to scoop the bloated bodies
from deadly water with my small net
in the hesitant dew of morning.

Published in Eunoia Review,

February 2, 2019

We gas up the hearse before the hurricane
while other vehicles are turned away or stretch
in line for blocks, strange privilege of imminent

catastrophe, and when the day after darkens
with shadows, we slip quietly onto closed highway,
the state of emergency palpable in the silence,

Published in Eunoia Review,

February 2, 2019

As hours meant to be quiet
and easy, shuffle by,
parceled into slow
minutes, I invite you
into my narrow bed.

Published in Eunoia Review,

February 1, 2019

When we rented Room Nineteen of our own,
at the Sussex County Motor Inn, it felt
like a place one might go to die,
but not by choice.