Poetry of Love, Resistance, & Solidarity

 (two excerpts from “Another Mother”)me-insta

 

the new neighbor asks how my aunt is feeling

 

I stop

 

how would she know my aunt, as we never see her

 

and it is my other mother who is sick

 

she questions, as if my mothers are two sisters

 

who live together

 

raise children

 

share a bed

 

not sisters Gertrude Stein says

 

my mother not mother but mother

 

      ***

as one mother is a nurse the other is a counselor

 

a kind of therapy down the middle

 

one for the mind the other for the body

 

I help them sharpen that double-edged axe

 

for gardens for protection

 

each job a work of resistance

 

against grindstones

~ Dennis Etzel

Dennis Etzel Jr. lives with Carrie and the boys in Topeka, Kansas. He has an MFA from The University of Kansas, and an MA and Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Kansas State University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, BlazeVOX, Fact-Simile, 1913: a journal of poetic forms, 3:AM, DIAGRAM, and others. He teaches English at Washburn University, is the Managing Editor of Woodley Press, and volunteers at the YWCA’s Center for Safety and Empowerment.

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