Abortion and the Mythic Mother

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They do not realize good mothering comes from fearlessness. Few things promote more fear than being deprived of control of one’s own body.”

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Five Poems of Neighborhood 

“‘What have you got there?’ ‘It’s snapper.’/“Did you catch it?’ ‘No, my dad caught it—/He says to watch out for any tiny bones.'” 

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Fetterman v. Oz (And a Love Letter to a Conflicted Pennsylvania)

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“Not everything stays the same, and, in many cases, it probably should not.”

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George Psalmanazar and the Extreme Art of Imposture

“Many of us also like impostors because, deep down, we understand that to exist only matter-of-factly, without fiction, would be intolerable.”

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Review: “Homer: The Very Idea” by James I. Porter 

“But the price of that fame and quasi-divine status took its toll. ‘Immortality had its costs,’ Porter writes, ‘and Homer paid for it dearly.'”

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4 x 9

“Anyone who keeps/A compost heap knows the whole of life”

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Dimorphism

And that we might as well stop killing one another,/because everyone who lived during the French Revolution is dead anyways.”

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As the Leaves Begin to Change

“In that waltz, you find me now/Singing, dancing, with the moon”

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Youth

“and Pastor speaks with God, while I/repent my youth that/like the flower which fades/has been my secret, golden calf.”

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Fly Fishing

“What does it bring to light?/What meaning is there to land?/Have you killed a bit of me? I doubt it.”

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Moving Clockwise around Easton County

They’ve always been rivals with a town across the county line, a town of insulation and roofing makers. It’s a working-class rivalry, the authentic kind, one that lasts whatever color the collars become.”

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Review: “Hannibal” by Philip Freeman 

(J.M.W. Turner’s “Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps” (1812).)

“Freeman’s book, as the author acknowledges, is written as something of a eulogy to this great man of antiquity, who has captured imaginations for two millennia.”

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Silver Lining

The silver lining is/you won’t be catching planes/to drag yourself away”

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Woodmont

“But then again,/it’s only ever been the thought that counts.”

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Review: Eden Collinsworth’s “What the Ermine Saw”

“Almost all the key events of modern Europe were seen through the eyes of this painting, which Collinsworth vividly brings to life in her writing.”

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