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Karen Benke: “Spring Cleaning”

By Maxine Flasher-Düzgünes
"Another part of the poem’s process was in thinking through what it means to really, truly forgive forever: forgive ourselves, forgive another human. How it’s a gift for both people." - Karen Benke
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[Mother’s Day]: “Dusk” by Tracy K. Smith

By Rebecca Foust
I chose “Dusk” by Tracy K. Smith for its frank expression of the double-edged sword that is motherhood (parenthood, really): We adore our children more than life itself, and if we do a good job of raising them, they one day will abandon us.
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Poetry

Annie Kim: “More Words for Snow”

By Rebecca Foust
Snow had fallen all throughout the manuscript, but I wasn’t done. I wanted more. I wanted to understand why this stuff coming down from the sky had such a hold on me, how it could be at once cruel and divine, corruptible and hope itself, both infinite and made to disappear.
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Mahogany Browne: “When Fanny Lou Hamer said”

By Rebecca Foust
"When Fanny Lou Hamer said” champions the assertion of the most basic human and civil rights through means sanctioned by our Constitution: peaceful assembly and protest, voting, running for office, and the everyday radical acts of poetry, hope, and prayer.
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