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American Life In Poetry


How many of our mothers set aside what they wanted to do with their lives and chose instead to make good lives for us? This poem is from Faith Shearin's sixth book, Darwin's Daughter, published in 2018 by Stephen F. Austin State University Press. Shearin, of West Virginia, has become one of this column's favorite poets.

My Mother's Van

Even now it idles outside the houses where we failed to get better at piano lessons, visits the parking lot of the ballet school

where my sister and I stood awkwardly at the back. My mother's van was orange with a door we slid open to reveal beheaded plasti...

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