Leslie Adrienne Miller
Bone

Leslie Adrienne Miller - Bone

Poetry
Leslie Adrienne Miller’s sixth collection of poems is Y from Graywolf Press. Her previous collections include The Resurrection Trade and… Read more »
Terrance Wedin
I Am Thinking About Power Lines

Terrance Wedin - I Am Thinking About Power Lines

Poetry
Terrance Wedin is a professional bartender and an adjunct instructor at Columbus College of Art and Design. His writing has… Read more »
Threa Almontaser
Sympathy for Foreign Mothers

Threa Almontaser - Sympathy for Foreign Mothers

Poetry
Threa Almontaser is a Yemeni-American writer born and raised in New York City. She is a MFA candidate in poetry… Read more »
P. Ivan Young
What Darkness Says

P. Ivan Young - What Darkness Says

Poetry
P. Ivan Young is author of Smell of Salt, Ghost of Rain (Brick House Books, 2015) and the chapbook, A… Read more »

Sympathy for Foreign Mothers

Threa Almontaser

PBS taught my brother and me English:
Sesame Street, Between the Lions, Reading Rainbow . . .

we passed each learned word between one another—

an umbilical cord of lessons connecting us
to our new terrain. When our mom probed us for words,

we shrugged her off, you don’t need it.

She’d clench the dishcloth in her fist and huff,
what do you know, anyway?

One evening, she practiced her halting English

on our dad. He stopped her with a hand,
unable to grasp the gibberish flowing past her lips,

her eager words tinged with the kinky thickness

of a borrowed tongue. Just leave the English
to me, he said. Everyone insisted, don’t worry about it.

A woman in the house all day,

you won’t need it. It’s true she was sequestered
on the top floor of our rickety apartment in the projects,

spent her days cooking and cleaning—

and if she was lucky to get a call card—phone her family
back home. What… Read more »