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by B. Fulton Jennes
On Saturdays, our father loaded / his disappointment of daughters / into the back of the Chevy / and drove to the hardware store
Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning

by John Glowney
And the gray patches of sky over the house today / are nothing that a fresh coat of paint and some lilacs / wouldn’t fix.


by Ja’net Danielo
Our lives are a series / of black gaps. Someone I love is dying & this is what / I say to myself, not knowing what it means.
Lullaby for My Brother

Lullaby for My Brother

by Carmen Fought
When I listen for your heart / I listen with my hands, / I listen with a hand on your chest
If I Ever Have a Daughter

If I Ever Have a Daughter

by Chris Atkin
If I ever have a daughter I hope she knows / that even though her father’s bones / are made of mountains, in these hands / she will find nothing but softness


by Sarah Freligh
My mother is crying again, and we’re laughing / at her because we know nothing of loss and its sad math
I Fail My Step-Daughter

I Fail My Step-Daughter

by Cecil Morris
I was her second-chance, replacement dad, / a do-over daddy meant to keep her safe
It all began around a campfire…

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