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Laura S Distelheim
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Five o’clock a.m. on a morning last fall, in the Walgreens of an affluent suburb on Chicago’s North Shore, where I have gone to buy batteries for my flashlight…

Tara Bray
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The warbler’s folded in my tongue
like a lemon drop. What joy
it is to trap a festival inside,

Majda Talal Gama
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I’ve seen you in souks that spill with people,

On streets that reek of three continents,

Found you filling cut-glass crystal with the scent

Of nine woods and the rose petals of three cities.

Beth Miles
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We wait at the end of the driveway for the school bus. The hot, bright day I’d imagined as my first day of school looks more like a swamp at dawn.

Carol Tyx
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The teacher did not like the poem,

but seemed unable to say why, his face

seeping dismay or disgust.

Frannie Lindsey
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Sometimes you visit bringing the lilacs’ stifle and chill
sometimes the earthworms’ benevolent gleam

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