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Allison E. Joseph

Poetry

Winter 1987

Spare Change

By Allison E. Joseph

Loveless, she walks the bus stopBegging for change she says she needsTo get to her mother’s funeral. She comesTo me, limping, a misfit whose clothesLook too good for begging but […]

Poetry

Winter 1987

Calling the Midwives In

By Allison E. Joseph

England, 1961 I lack compassion for one so round.Mute, I wonder about the child I houseWhile aged, slovenly midwivesFeed me another pale broth.Blowzy women, they guard me,Insisting I live. They […]