Poetry

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“Imposter” by Alixa Brobbey

You carry yourself like a leftover meal, your back an arched rib bone. You think yourself alone in doubts, alone in the way your arteries stretch your yearnings...

“During the Sacrament” by Carol Lynn Pearson

The eight-year-old, newly baptized takes the blessed bit of bread from the silver tray in her brother’s...

“Fundamentalist” by Mary Caroline Cole

I haven’t heard from her in years— and even then only to decline invitations to my daughters’ weddings but I’m willing to listen. She begins with her heart, her...

“Aftermath” by Mary Caroline Cole

I object mostly to the lack of love accompanied by professions of love, those honey-coated lozenges of turpentine: “what I wrote was the truth” and “I wasn’t attacking...

“Answered Prayer” by Brinn Elizabeth Bagley

please bless the brothers the fathers, the sons to see themselves in God / to see in God themselves to hear their lives through hymns, scripture, law to find their self on...

“Fast Sunday” by Alixa Brobbey

In the shadow of the hospital, he cradles a box of Triscuits to his chest — tenderly, like a more delicate load. I joke about the...

“Wondering Airs” by S.E. Page

Star child, I wanted to believe in you For so long— Ever longing, I cherished you Holiest of babes born to mankind! I grasped at the clear glow...

Excerpt from “Forty. Quarantine. Cuarenta. Quarantine.” by Dayna Patterson

Forgive yourself now and each morning for your 9-5 job, teleworking instead of homeschooling. You do what you can, checking in every few hours,...

“Cesarean” by Emily Fuez Jensen

They pulled you from me When your body Could not find its way. A rescue. I cried. Knowing you'd be spared The pain your brother was not. Your journey was quick: Hands...

“Our Lady of Cancellation / Consolation” by Dayna Patterson

Another mandate to shelter in place. I will have to call Mom, un-invite her to come to the Thanksgiving feast we’d planned. No key...
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