Familial & In That Moment, An Anger

2300075186_2d205355ed_oAs part of our commitment to promote all artistic genres, we have designated Wednesdays as a day to share fiction, poetry, and short stories. We hope you enjoy the debut of two poems, Familial and In That Moment, An Anger by Andrea Potos.


As a girl I saw
my mother’s sadness
like a twilit blue bottle,
the stopper lost,
aroma everywhere
infusing the air.

Now, my daughter’s heart —
so much larger
than my hands,
though wide enough
for the sky to carry it.



rose like a stalk of heat,
a crimson bloom
that was my breath.

Then, it seeped to pale
when she skipped up
the front steps, solid
explanation in her hands.

A bell in my chest rang out.

A small rain began
to quench us both.


10473983_10152142185876176_1162529608521713156_nAndrea Potos is the author of six poetry collections, including An Ink Like Early Twilight and We Lit the Lamps Ourselves, both from Salmon Poetry, and Yaya’s Cloth from Iris Press. Her poems can be found widely online and in print. Her next collection, A Stone to Carry Home, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2018. She lives and writes in Madison, Wisconsin.

Image: The Morning After by Peter Kurdulija via Flickr.

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