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Grandpa Dug a Hole Beneath the Tangerine Tree

by Daryl Muranaka

Beneath the tree
he digs a hole
wide and deep
to bury the hina dolls
packed carefully, gently,
into their wooden boxes
as if they were
the very baby
they belong to.

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The Next Generation

by Cathy Allman

I pace in front of the mercury glass mirror,
hold her, try to memorize us,
if only a flicker. She’s surprised to see herself.

She studies our reflection
with those eyes that are like yours,
that are like mine in color and shape,

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The Fall of 2016

by Nancy Dickeman

We push the baby through the crush of waterlogged leaves, past
a slumped brick wall
seared by a swastika’s fresh paint.
The jagged white arms loom,
stark as hooded figures igniting
a tide of embers.

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Great-Grandfather

by Julius Ayin

Once I saw him walking home from
the town store down the road.
A truck rumbled past him the other way.
He coughed, kept walking back. Continue reading

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Luminary

by Jay Carson

Just in case you think
I got screwed up only recently,
let me tell you about the fire:

My wife in those days was a candle maker
as well as a crazy maker, like many artists,
just good enough to be impossible.

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