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Mother’s Day at the Blackjack Table

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Every spring I
Tear myself out by the roots
Even if the wind
Turns me into separate seeds
I'll grow only to be
Torn out again.
Torn out again.
And replanted.
Loss grows until
Loss itself is lost.
Then there is double nothing.
Hit me.


Elizabeth Swados is an award-winning author and composer; she is a Tony-nominated, Obie award-winning theater artist, Guggenheim and Ford Foundation recipient, as well as a Pen/Faulkner citation. Her latest book, At Play: Teaching Teenagers Theater was published by Faber and Faber. Her other recent publications include: My Depression (Hyperion), and The Animal Rescue Store (Scholastic). Her theatrical credits span from Broadway, to off-Broadway, to around the world, including Runaways, Missionaries, and Jabu. Her poetry has appeared in magazines such as Meridian Anthology, New American Writing, New York Quarterly, Emory’s Journal, Confrontation, Paterson Literary Review, Speakeasy, Barrow Street, Runes, and Home Planet. Her first book of poetry, The One and Only Human Galaxy, was released in April 2009.


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