Poems

How God Is Like a Truffle

by Dana Roeser Like a goat in a stall with a thoroughbred a truffle sealed in a plastic bag with a dozen eggs or raw uncooked rice. Like an apple slice or piece of bread shut away in an airtight container with brown sugar— or a small bowl of water placed next to the hardened …

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Ars  Domestica

by Dana Roeser The key to this life is surprise. Don’t say my whole life is spent trying to reunite socks. Say instead, surprise! Here is Eleanor’s white cotton undershirt. Surprise! My husband slept in the living room; he’s in a bad mood. Surprise! Eleanor spilled lemonade over the coffee table and onto the Persian …

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Poems from Banned Countries

On January 27th of 2017, President Trump issued one of his first major immigration directives as the new President of the United States. The executive order imposed a travel ban on 7 countries: Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, and Yemen. The devastating results were that immigrants, many who were refugees of war-torn countries, were not permitted into the US after a long and arduous vetting process. Even green-card carrying US residents of these countries were originally included in this ban, simply by having being born in one of the places. It is no coincidence that all of these countries are predominately Muslim. The travel ban became known, effectively, as “The Muslim Ban.” Since its original inception, there have been amendments to the list, and judicial action against the unconstitutional infractions, but the original hate-filled sentiment permeates much of the discourse still.