I dropped  your mother’s

mirror. A horse reared: I spilled

hot coffee on your lap in Amish

country.  I walked under three

ladders to get to the office every

day.  I hid a small black cat in

the front bedroom. You hated

cats. I was busy hating myself


by Kelley Jean White


Kelley’s writing has been widely published since 2000 in journals including Exquisite Corpse, Friends Journal, Nimrod, Poet Lore, Rattle, the Journal of the American Medical Association and in a number of chapbooks and full-length collections, most recently Toxic Environment from Boston Poet Press, Two Birds in Flame, poems related to the Shaker Community at Canterbury, NH, from Beech River Books, and “In Memory of the Body Donors,” Covert Press. She have received several honors, including a 2008 grant for poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

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