O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

American Life In Poetry


December 26, 2019

My mother's best friend, Ruth Stickfort Kregel, was "Aunt Sticky" to my sister and me, and today I feel like telling you a little about this woman we loved. This poem is from my new book, Kindest Regards, published by Copper Canyon Press.

Post Office

The wall of identical boxes into which

our Aunt Sticky sorted the daily mail

was at the far end of her dining room,

and from the private side looked like

a fancy wallpaper upon which peonies

pushed through a white wooden trellis,

or sometimes like crates of chickens

stacked all the way to the ceiling.

I'd learned by then – I was a little bo...

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