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Three Poems in the 2018 Switchgrass Review!

Three of my poems are featured in Switchgrass Review, which defines itself as ‘a national journal of women’s health, history, education and transformation.’ It is published in collaboration with the English Department at Texas A&M University.  One of the poems is called “A Pear for Peace” and describes how a friend of mine has made it her mission to take Muslim women shopping. Even in a city as progressive and liberal as Seattle, there is plenty of hatred directed at cultures labeled ‘different.’ Switchgrass had this poem up on its website and FB page on Christmas day.  Another poem is “One Black Feather,” about a hospice patient who had a devotion to eagles. An hour after her passing I witnessed an incredible mating ritual in the sky between two eagles, a beautiful testimony.  The final poem in this groups is about my aunt Virginia, titled “The Aunt who Sent Me Books.” This piece was sparked by some revelations at a family reunion with cousins on my father’s side. It’s fascinating what generosities offered over the years continue to touch and shape us!

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