Dailies 6/29/17: Toughen up! A nocturn for a botched youth, “Blackness” after the last election, & seeing one’s parents kiss

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Paula Cisewski – Nocturn for a Botched Youth 

Nightmare where I wanted to return
********to childhood, but when I looked

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Ann Iverson – Waves and Wet Kisses

I had only seen my parents kiss twice.
The first time after my father’s ear surgery.
I was seven or so, don’t recall the nature of the kiss

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Shane McCrae – America Gives Its Blackness Back To Me

The shadow I had carried lightly has

Been forced upon me now and heavy since

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Todd Boss – When My Father Says Toughen Up

it’s like the clop of the walnut
block beneath the gavel of the

judge who fits the punishment
to the crime, or like the pop of the

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