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RECOGNITIONS Candles and shadows, whispers and echoes, windows and mirrors, lit by the moon’s glow; and on the card table, the hand that life dealt you. Win or lose, living’s a gamble. If you came from where I did, the odds are against you. If you don’t like the odds, go find a rainbow. They […]
Praise for Constant is the Rain “Relentless pessimism about the state of the nation infuses Sexton’s … accomplished poetry and short ﬁction … The title piece, about hard life and untimely death in the ghetto, introduces the book’s dark atmosphere: ‘Being and begetting, struggling and/ enduring … as gunﬁre crackles and sirens wail/ and her […]
CORA A siren startles her. Police? Fire? Waking up from sleep Cora thinks: “It’s hard. It’s hard.” Life is hard. Dealing with each day is hard. And it’s a long wait for anything to celebrate. “God’s will be done.” Cora stares at the ceiling. It is cold in the room. She feels a fever coming […]
“The Magic City” The steel mills of Gary Indiana, the narrow crowded streets, the grit, grime, ash heaps, crime, the money! – my uncle John was a plant foreman. I moved in with him and my aunt Ann when I graduated high school in Chicago. You couldn’t beat the pay at the steel mills. They […]
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