Postpartum

Artist: Darvianna Major by Catherine Zickgraf Paper neighbors drape my couch. They hold the baby, bake casseroles I can’t taste. I nibble when he sleeps or sleep when he naps after I’ve boiled the bottles and washed some spoons. I awoke this morning on the roll of toilet paper. Seems it cushioned my cheek sufficiently…

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Eighth Grade

Artist:  Mohamed Sobeha by Catherine Zickgraf We were empty-eyed cinder blocks, ringed keys unlocking the doorknobs. Among junior high’s sleepy congregation, an audience of our class’s generation, only some of us showed up praised and amen-ed. School taught me typing for college essays and gave me chances to run away. We’d flood from the school…

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