“Her lips,” he says, “keep shaking.”
I want him to pester
to pin and fix the quaking world
anyone, anything, I tell him,
My Father’s Pain
It’s time to talk about his pain,
as some points do,
My father was in pain. The point of his pain
his pain moving through me
on his scrap of yellow paper.
from generation to generation.
Joy Ladin has published six books of poetry, including Lambda Literary Award finalist Transmigration; her seventh, Impersonation, is due out in spring 2015. Her memoir, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, was a 2012 National Jewish Book Award finalist. Ladin holds the Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University. contact • Ladin @ On Being
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