Waxing and Waning: An Essay Review of WOMEN ON THE MOON
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by Sharline Chiang
1d ago
Unabashed and unapologetic, Debora Kuan’s third collection of poems, Women on the Moon, takes us through the vertiginous journey of womanhood in reverse. Like a racecar driver gunning backwards, she seems to deftly hold the wheel with one hand and hit the gas, barely feeling the need to check the rearview mirror or turn her head to see what might be worth swerving around, worth avoiding. Traversing from motherhood to marriage to domestic coupling to campus life to adolescence—from kissing the top of a child’s head with its “sweet biscuit scent” to the precipice of a collegiate walk of shame t ..read more
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Full Times: When You’re Tired But Can’t Blame the Patriarchy
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by Cheryl Klein
1d ago
At the end of May, my partner quit her day job. Her pivot from program manager for a college to full-time therapist has been years long, so slow that, at times, it has felt like a flat line. You can’t see the curve of the earth when you are walking along it. The pivot years contained health problems, adoption problems, behavioral-health-bureaucracy problems, and a pandemic. They also contained our two children, who are glorious, but of course come with 99 problems. We agreed we wanted to speed up the transition, so a year ago, she took on a demanding internship at a local clinic while continui ..read more
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Old Enough
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by Jennifer Alessi
4d ago
I must have been ten the first time I defied my mother. For weeks I’d plotted, gathering implements: her blunt-nosed tweezers, my father’s candy-striped Barbisol can, his steel razor. I hoisted myself onto the vanity, angled a leg under the spout. Shakily I sprayed the thick foam from knee to shin. The hairs—so long, so black—sprang through, a torment. I was terrified of razors, so I started with the tweezers: pluck, pain, pluck. Hot with fear (it was taking too long, I’d never be done), I grabbed the razor. When I was outside one day in summer shorts, my mother’s sidelong glance lingered. She ..read more
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Frog
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by Madhumati Ricker
1w ago
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Tapestry
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by Sydney Kopp-Richardson
1w ago
We used to live near Raccoon Alley. It is actually 37th Street in Brooklyn, but it is where raccoons often wander out of the cemetery fence with distemper, confused and sick and sitting on their laurels. It follows the train yard and Jackie Gleason bus depot. When I first met Colin, I would leave the bar and walk the length of Raccoon Alley to his apartment, tipsy and swoony, threatening via text to climb the fence into the night still of Greenwood Cemetery. I show off when I feel vulnerable. I climbed a factory fence in Beloit, Wisconsin, twenty years ago, sliced my hand open, and spilled blo ..read more
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Crumbs
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by Asha Dore
2w ago
In my first year of college, I nannied for my anthropology professor, coloring her driveway with sidewalk chalk with her daughter and changing her son’s diapers while she and her husband worked or went out to eat. Before I saw my professor’s house, I expected it to be vast with huge windows and lush vines looping down from beautiful painted pots hanging from the ceiling. Instead, it was a lot like my house, except instead of vinegar, peppermint, and nag champa, her house smelled a little bit like Clorox. The edges of the kitchen counters were chipped, and it took forever for the pilot light to ..read more
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Facebook Asks “What’s on Your Mind”: Selected Posts
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by Megan Hanlon
2w ago
January 1, 2009 New Year, new plans!  January 2, 2009 Megan joined the public group TTC – Trying to Conceive April 14, 2009 My junior high health teacher was a big fat liar. June 13, 2009 Megan followed the page Fertility Friend Ovulation Tracker October 12, 2009 Oh, October, I had such high hopes for you. November 11, 2009 The little ad to the right says “Are you a mom?” No. And thanks for rubbing it in. December 22, 2009 I had such plans. Such great, big plans. * January 27, 2010 Megan was at Cleveland Urology Associates February 8, 2010 “Courage does not always roar. So ..read more
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I’ll Nurse the Baby, You Sharpen the Knives
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by Becca Rose Hall
3w ago
We had pictured our parenthood as modern, egalitarian: him in the Laz-e-Boy rocking the baby at two in the morning. We weren’t going to be our parents, talking about equality while locked into cycles of hyper-competence and choreographed ineptitude: my dad, master of pie crusts and chemistry, whose dinner repertoire is 90% White People Burritos, my mom so all-knowing she a) says she can tell when I have my period by looking at a picture of me fully dressed and b) corrects my dad about stories from his childhood.  We were feminists, millennials. We were going to be different. But not only ..read more
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The World Ought to Know Something of Your Shimmers: Poems
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by Melinda Coppola
1M ago
Inheritance  You only caught glimpses  of your child as he sped through toddlerhood towards those labels that mean everything and nothing:  child, tween, teen, young adult. Glimpses, you say, as if it all tornadoed past you while I stood stupefied, hands in pockets, by the side of some dusty cow path,  a perpetual look of dull  surprise on my unremarkable face. Truth is,  over here our lives are nothing like that. My daughter and I have plodded along like turtles in the too-hot sun,  pausing every few feet to rest, to allow her  a few attempts at integra ..read more
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The Hurt Wasn’t Simple: An Excerpt from METTLEWORK: A MINING DAUGHTER ON MAKING HOME by Jessica E. Johnson
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by Jessica E. Johnson
1M ago
And then, in September when Clementine was four months old, I left. Every morning I packed up and traveled south and east along the hem of Portland’s outskirts, an industrial and postindustrial string of man-world enterprises grown up on the Columbia slough—wastewater treatment plant, sugar factory, strip club, strip club, strip club, warehouse, steel company, shuttered lounge—to an outpost of the large community college system where I had for the first time in years a fulltime job with insurance that would cover family. A fulltime temporary job: good for a year and maybe longer if I did it we ..read more
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