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American Life In Poetry


September 26, 2019

All of us know people who wouldn't wear an article of clothing that had ever before been touched, let alone worn, by somebody else, and others who could care less. As I write this column I'm wearing a favorite thrift shop sweater, so . . . This poem first appeared in Minnesota Review. Emily Rose Cole is from Pennsylvania, and her most recent chapbook is Love and a Loaded Gun from Minerva Rising Press.

What Makes a Pearl

When she died, I took my mother's socks, those fuzzy polka-dotted ones she'd worn in hospice. I wore them all through winter.

Maybe that's creepy. But is it really so diff...

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