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The MacGuffin, Spring 2019

Two of my poems are in volume XXXV of The MacGuffin, the fascinating journal out of Schoolcraft College. This publication has been around from years and I have submitted a number of times and am so proud to finally have my work included! I have been intrigued by the focus which is on a “macguffin,” something, often simple, upon which the plot turns in a story and even in a poem. My macguffins are a comb, a symbol for a homeless child, and a pewter teapot, the only thing left behind by a thief. I wrote the second poem last year at Centrum. It is based on a true story often told to me by my grandmother, an immigrant girl who came to America in her teens.

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