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Psaltery & Lyre

Star of David

Every year, my father climbed to the roof in late fall to install his homemade star of David on the top of our house.

Our Lady of the Silverfish

You find the cracks for me—the small space / behind the triangle of peeling wallpaper, / / the crevice in the plaster, the air between / one page and the next. O Lady, show me / / the hidden.

Your Godmother, Almost Blind,

Your Godmother, Almost Blind, / crochets away / the news / of your day.

30 November

What terrified and destroyed when the earth sought to shed its skin.

Household Gods

There are his sacred hearth / and his household gods

This Rainbow

But She can’t help / this rainbow: strong / / at both ends, / every color equally / present.

Ghazal with Wonder

It’s evening at my writing desk and both these spaces / are a silence, the dimly-lit expanse of years stretching one / / after another.

2019 Pushcart Prize Nominees

Congratulations to all of our 2019 Pushcart Prize nominees!

How To Quilt Memories: Instructions For My Mother

Step 1: Cut as many large sections as you can from my six nursing school uniforms, blue-and-white seersucker dresses with white cotton aprons buttoned to the waistband.

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