Susan Zenker

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Susan Zenker works in El Paso after having lived in New England, Mexico City, and Miami. Her poems have appeared in Mezcla, The Rio Grande Review, Newspaper Tree, Best Poem: A Poetry Journal, The South Boston Literary Gazette, Latino Stuff Review, The South Carolina Review, and Writer’s Exchange. Her plays were presented in public readings at the Fox Fine Arts and Chamizal Theaters in El Paso. ... more »

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Crib Death

You call me Sundays,
your voice, a recorded message
that echoes down a narrow hallway-
“We got rain, the Olds leaks oil again.”
I bake, chew fingernails, fold laundry
to all the monologues I know by heart.

While I have spent the last eight years
sharpening pencils, writing to discover
who I want to be when I feel free
never a sister to a two-month-old
choking quietly into his pillow,
you have spent the last eight years
pricing lemons and tomatoes
stirring gallons of homemade gravy,

you have stitched a mile
of needlepoint yarn
into ...

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