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Publication

A Mother’s Resistance Poetry: A Review of Catastrophic Molting in Literary Mama

We’re living in trying, maddening, exhausting times. I often find myself at a loss as to what to do with all the anger and fear. Dr. Amy Shimshon-Santo channeled hers into poetry, and the resulting book, Catastrophic Molting, is a brilliant, impassioned, and urgent collection. Shimshon-Santo introduces the book with a poem titled “declaration,” her acknowledgment…

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From Here to Eternity in Flashback Fiction

So, I’m going to live forever. Living forever was never my plan but it must be God’s because I’m 98 and while I’ve lost a few teeth and my bladder control (keep that to yourself, will you?), I have every marble I came to earth with in ’24. Same year as Marlon Brando (be still…

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BREAKING THE CYCLE—A REVIEW OF SUSAN TRIEMERT’S GUESS WHAT’S DIFFERENT in Atticus Review

Susan Triemert’s brilliant collection of flash essays Guess What’s Different opens with Triemert strapped into a slow-moving ambulance: “Ambulances are for emergencies, right? You realize that yours, the one you’re strapped into, has two jobs: to carry you from one hospital to another. And to keep you safe—from yourself. …” Triemert is being transported from the ER…

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Tombstones and Trees in The Jewish Literary Journal

I was 44 when I bought a tombstone. It was a double, to stand guard over two side-by-side burial plots. This was not advanced planning or an attempt to lock in the space and price of prime cemetery real estate. I wasn’t following Midrashic advice that suggests buying plots when you’re alive and well. Neither…

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