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Farm on a Hill by Marilyn Penrod

Farmhouse on the Hill Acrylic on canvas 11” x 14” plus frame A familiar scene in the rolling landscape of Orange County, NC.  Farmhouse speaks of abundant fields of rich red earth, fresh herbs and vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants; of pick-your-own farms, roadside stands and farmer’s markets.   The farm is the source of sustenance […]

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Lexical Chains by Jessica Russell

Lexical Chains by Jessica Russell

Four letter words chained me to this space An entanglement of morphemes In a party conga Snared my soaring heartbeat thrum And squeezed tight theworkwashcookloveworklovewashcookworkwashcooklove Staked our souls to these fiery creations withloveloveworkwashcookloveworklovewashcookworkwashcooklove Once easy liberty to be unfree: scrolled up in time butalwaysuchblindkindloveworkwashcookloveworklovewashcookworkwashcookworkandalwayslove Then, one ordinary day, extraordinary came to stay Flexing rippling free […]

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Nothing Like Her Home by Megha Nayar

Nothing Like Her Home by Megha Nayar

That familiar conflict closes in on her, at precisely eight steps away from the door. She approaches the porch with customary caution and a fist clenched tight around a bunch of rusted keys. Eight measured steps are taken, four with the left foot, four with the right. She takes great pains to ensure that each […]

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The Many Views of My Home by Holly Rose

The Many Views of My Home by Holly Rose

It’s the navy blue carpeted stairs that greet me in the doorway. The cheesy cracker crumbs that crack beneath my feet, embedded in the grooves of the ceramic kitchen tiles.  The deep burgundy walls that wrap warmly around charcoal bed posts. Tthe wooden alphabet blocks poking out from between the ragged couch cushions, with more stacked […]

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Two Pieces by Emily Sovich

Two Pieces by Emily Sovich

Swift-footed, fleeting: Two hawks circle above the trees. Their wings extend across a cloudless sky. Beneath the trees, children are playing. My girls are among them: two blonde heads in a sea of glittering black ones. They run across the grass and their braids fly out behind them. Foreign words tumble from their lips: chotto […]

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The Piano by Elaine Neil Orr

My thirty-two year old son wanted the piano and I told him he could have it.  I hadn’t played it for years. But I put off making the arrangements. Finally I got a piano technician to come to the house.  “Seven hundred fifty dollars,” he said, “to really make it playable.” I had hoped we […]

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Artwork by S.K. Yuan

Artwork by S.K. Yuan

  Two images from my art therapy sketchbook – one of my “home” life as it once was and one of my vision of how I wanted my “home” to be. I used to live by The Book – his book – my ex-husband’s book, the one he was writing to get tenure for his […]

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In the Morning by Marta Szabo

In the Morning by Marta Szabo

You start at the top of a steep narrow flight of stairs, walled in and carpeted in beige wall-to-wall. This carpeting is new, chosen by my father to cover many of the floors in the house, floors that I remember being splintery and dangerous, floors that my mother said proved how old the house was […]

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Four Poems by Mimi Herman

Four Poems by Mimi Herman

The Longer The longer I’m away from home The thinner I become Transparent, like film, Until I cannot tell a whim From a wish.  Unleash The dogs, they’ll find nothing, Only the scent of me, The ill-content of me, The where-she-went of me.   The Old Home Place “You got scared and you tried to […]

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Little Blond Mom, photograph by Rachel Lewis

Little Blond Mom, photograph by Rachel Lewis

See also a poem by Rachel C. Lewis. — Rachel C. Lewis is a student at Elon University in North Carolina. Follow her on Twitter @RachelCharlene  and view more of her photography on her blog.

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